English 1102 -
Finding Sources Exercise
English 1102 Research Project
Due Date for Final Packet: Wednesday, July 1 at the beginning of class
Length: 1400-2000 words
Grade Value: The entire research paper project counts as 30% of your final grade, with 20 points of your grade earned with deadline assignments as outlined below, and 80 points for the final, completed packet.
Write an analytical paper on one of the topics listed at the close of this assignment sheet. The paper must be written in third-person point of view (i.e., no “you” or “I.”)
Research/Source Requirement – The paper must use and cite 5 sources. The paper’s sources should be the most credible, reliable sources you can locate and preferably found in either Gil or Galileo databases. Any source not found in Gil or Galileo may be used only with my permission. Only one general reference book (general encyclopedia) may be used. A dictionary may not be counted as a source.
Schedule of Due Dates – Points earned for each deadline assignment apply toward the final grade of the research paper. As each deadline approaches, we will discuss the components due.
The only way to complete this research project successfully is to keep up with this schedule. This is especially true in the Summer Term.
--Wednesday, June 10: topic selected, 2 points
--Wednesday, June 17: correct working bibliography due, 3 points
--Monday, June 22: outline with thesis, 5 points
--Wednesday, June 24: a rough introduction to the paper, 3 points
--Monday, June 29: complete rough draft due with in-text citations and works cited page, 7 points
--Wednesday, July 1: final draft & complete packet due
TOTAL POINTS AVAILABLE = 100 (counts as 30% of course grade)
The Final Draft Packet – The final draft and all that is to be turned in with it should be placed inside a large manila envelope and must include
Grading is based upon:
--Organization and development of the essay, including a clearly stated thesis
--Your selection and use of research materials
--Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
It should go without saying that plagiarism will result in a 0 for the assignment.
Where to go for help?
--Harbrace Essentials for MLA style and mechanics of writing a research paper (there is a copy in the library)
--Readings for Writers (1101 textbook) for analytical writing information (there is a copy in the library)
--The Tutorial Center, located in the library
--The GHC library staff for research questions
--Schedule an appointment with your instructor
--England’s Stonehenge or Peru’s Nasca Lines
--“The Curse of the Pharaohs”: Truth or Myth?
--The disappearance of the Roanoke settlement
--Amelia Earhart – her life, her career, her disappearance
--The Loch Ness monster: real—or not?
--The Bermuda Triangle or the Bimini Road
--The lost continent of Atlantis
--Jack the Ripper
--The Mary Celeste
--The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
--The JFK assassination: Conspiracy—or not?
--The Shroud of Turin (is it Jesus’ burial cloth?)
--The “disappearing” Amber Room (“the eighth wonder of the world”)
--The signing of the Magna Carta (800 years ago –What is it? Why is it so significant?)
-- The battle of Waterloo (200 years ago – What was it? Why was it so important?)
-- Development of Mendel’s law(s) of genetics (150 years ago)
-- Surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, thus ending the Civil War; assassination of Abraham Lincoln; ratification of the 13th Amendment (150 years ago – Discuss the importance of any one of these pivotal events in American history, or tie two of them together)
--Publication of Alice in Wonderland (150 years ago – Why has it lasted so long? Why does it continue to fascinate children and adults? How has it, or the author, Lewis Carroll, been controversial?)
--Death of Vincent Van Gogh (125 years ago – Discuss his importance as a painter)
--Albert Einstein and development of the theory of relativity (100 years ago – The impact of Einstein and his work on the modern world)
--Sinking of the Lusitania (100 years ago – What was it? Why was it important?)
--Babe Ruth’s first homerun (100 years ago – What is his legacy to the sport of baseball?)
--Elvis Presley’s birth (80 years ago – How did he influence modern American music?)
--The battle of Britain (75 years ago – Why was this battle so pivotal in World War II?)
--The liberation of Auschwitz (70 years ago)
--Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (70 years ago – How/Why was this a defining moment in modern history?)
--Arrival of first U.S. troops in Vietnam (50 years ago) & fall of Saigon (40 years ago – What is the role of the Vietnam War in U.S. history?)
--Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus (60 years ago – What is Parks’ legacy? What was her role in the civil rights movement?)
--Final volume of Lord of the Rings published (60 years ago – Why is this work so popular?)
--Martin Luther King’s voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery (50 years ago) & Voting Rights Act (50 years ago)
--Assassination of Malcolm X (50 years ago)
--Death of Winston Churchill (50 years ago – Why is Churchill such a towering figure in history?)
-- J.K. Rowling born (50 years ago – What is Rowling’s role in modern popular literature? How/why has Harry Potter become such a phenomenon?)
--Oklahoma City bombings, the deadliest terror attack in America (20 years ago)
Contemporary life/culture/political topics:
Impacts of labor practices/environments in underdeveloped and developing countries (think of the clothing factory fire in Pakistan not so long ago, a factory where people were working in dangerous conditions)
The effectiveness of anti-drug, anti-alcohol, or anti-smoking campaigns—are they working?
Effects/impact of social media on elections
Cyclical nature of the popularity of body art or a historical-cultural analysis of body art
Evolution of comic strips/do they reflect a changing America?