Research Paper instructions: DUE DATE FOR PAPER: May 13 (NO EXCEPTIONS) The

Research Paper instructions: DUE DATE FOR PAPER: May 13 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

The research paper is intended to provide you with the opportunity to more fully explore your class discussion topic, as well as examine it from a more thorough perspective. The paper should be approximately 4-5pages in length (not including references; its own separate page. Again, it does NOT COUNT toward page number). It should consist of at least four empirical reputable sources: Some combination of the following:

1 Book (if one can be found on the topic)

2 Journal Articles (unless a book can be found)

1-2 Newspapers

1 Other (online source, Documentary, Thesis, etc.)

1 Court Cases or Law Study

What it CANNOT BE is all online sources.

You should strive to find articles from the past two-decade (2000-2022). You are also required to attach the first page (that includes the abstract) of the article and books to the end of your paper. The paper can be written in any style: APA, Chicago Style and/or MLA. However, whichever style you use must be evident and you CANNOT mix the styles and YOU WILL BE GRADED on your Bibliography or Works Cited page. If you do not turn in the correct number of citations or the correct CITATION STYLE, you will automatically be deducted -25 points for each.

Things to do list:

Find a topic that interests you. However, the TOPIC must be something related to First Amendment Rights and Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Assemble, think Amendments etc.)

This RESEARCH must inform or educate us about something. Therefore, the first part of the assignment should be to give us BOTH SIDES of the ISSUE at hand (even if you are arguing with one side). This is called the counter argument.

The GOAL of a research paper is to REVIEW the literature in the field (hence the resources above). It is to get a sense of HOW people are LOOKING at a particular IDEA (so, you do not want to go too BROAD-ABORTION-or too small, someone’s choice to wear a particular pair of earrings to school). But, it is NO DIFFERENT from essays you have written up to this point. It is still an argument and/or analysis. The major difference is that NOW YOU WILL HAVE GONE TO EXPERTS to find BACK UP for your analysis (not just the text itself). You will have done the EXTENSIVE research in the field and you will know the answers and understanding of what is happening. Now there are two different approaches here and it up to you to decide which you prefer:

Straightforward clinical approach where you share both sides of an issues (Pros and Cons)

Argument (Choose a Side) and Argue for that side.

You may want to choose a question that your paper will answer. That way, when you are researching, you are looking for something specific.

Some things to keep in mind when researching:

Make sure you use a wide variety of sources (Internet, books, journals, video, etc.)

Allow yourself enough time to research. This will be the most intensive part of the paper, allow at least two hours per researching session. In addition, yes, you are EXPECTED to READ some of the material. I want DEPTH and not a shallow paper. If I do not get the sense that, you read the material or I do not feel fully informed after reading your paper, then it did not do what it was required to do. Hence, you need to READ the two academic articles you chose AND your online and/or newspaper source and the Preface or Introduction of that book (or the chapter within that helped you with you research).

Keep records and copies of all of the information you obtain. Get all of the bibliographical information while you are researching so you do not have to go back. Make sure you also make note of where you found the information in case you have to retrieve it later. Such information includes:

Title of the article or book

Date it was published or copy written

Author(s) and publishing company

Pages used

Try to put information into your own words. It is helpful to paraphrase the information in your own words while you are taking notes to avoid plagiarism later. If you do take quotes directly from the source, make sure you make a note of that.

You should also be making notes about specific conclusions that you are drawing from the material.

Look specifically for details that support your thesis or question. Sometimes background information is also necessary (the defining of terms and HISTORY is probably necessary for many of you).

Now, it’s time to construct an outline:

Introduction (Thesis Statement)

Main heading/idea of paragraph #1

Supporting detail 1

Supporting detail 2

Supporting detail 3

Main heading/idea of paragraph #2

Supporting detail 1

Supporting detail 2

Supporting detail 3

Main heading/idea of paragraph #3

Supporting detail 1

Supporting detail 2

Supporting detail 3


Write your Draft.