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ENGL 1102 - Patterson (Floyd) Spring 2014: Assignment

Research Project

English 1102                      Research Paper                     Patterson


Due date for final draft packet:  March 4 when class begins

Length: 1400-2000 words (4-6 typed double-spaced pages)

Weight in course grade: The entire research paper counts as 30% of your final grade, with 20 points of your grade will be earned with deadline assignments outlined below and 80 points for the final, completed packet.


The Research Paper must present an analytical or persuasive thesis developed from one of the topics I provide. The research used in your paper, in the form of direct quotations and paraphrases, should support your attitudes and observations— not be the paper itself.  


Research/Source Requirements – The final draft of the paper must utilize and cite 5 to 10 research sources, though the tentative bibliography may have far more than 10. The final paper’s sources must include some combination of source types, and all electronic sources must be located within either GIL or GALILEO. No book reviews or article abstracts will count as valid sources. Only one general reference book (general encyclopedia, dictionary, etc. ) may be included.


Schedule of Due Dates - Points earned for each deadline assignment apply toward the final grade of the research paper. As each deadline draws near, we will discuss the components due.

The only way to complete the entire project successfully is to keep up with this schedule:

-- January 23: tentative topic selected, 2 points

-- January 30: tentative bibliography in correct form, 4 points

– February 4: final, limited topic and outline with thesis statement, 3 points

– February 11: completed notes and a rough introduction to paper (keep copies to begin work on rough draft), 5 points

– February 18: complete rough draft with proper MLA parenthetical citations and works cited page – must be submitted to - (keep copy to begin work on final draft), 6 points

– March 4: final draft - must be submitted to - with complete packet, 80 points

TOTAL POINTS AVAILABLE = 100 (counts at 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:

1 - Final, revised complete paper with a body of 4-6 pages, word processed and double-spaced with pages numbered 

The paper should have one-inch margins all around and use 12-point font. The entire paper should follow MLA format outlined in Harbrace, thus it must include appropriate headers, running heads, parenthetical citations and a works cited list. The works cited page should be the final separate page of the paper, which is not counted as one of the 4-6 required length pages, but is numbered.


2 - Previously graded tentative bibliography, outline notes, and rough draft.


3 - Photocopies of cited source material as whole copied pages.  These copies should be marked to correspond with each citation, preferably by page number and paragraph, and sections utilized either in direct quotations or in paraphrasing must be highlighted.  Each copied page should have the original author’s name and page number clearly marked.  The copies should be sorted in the order that they are used in the research paper.   



Grading is based upon:

-organization and development of essay

-selection and use of research materials

-citation mechanics

-grammar, punctuation, style.


Evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment.


Where to go for help outside of class? 

Ø  Harbrace for MLA style and mechanics of writing a research paper

Ø  Readings for Writers (1101 text) analytical and persuasive writing chapters.

Ø  Online MLA citation examples linked here for citing GIL e-books and select GALILEO-based documents

Ø  ­The Tutorial Center, located in the Floyd Campus library and open Mondays through Thursdays 9am-2pm, and Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4-7pm

Ø  The GHC Library staff and website

Ø  Appointments with the instructor


Topics Choices:

- England’s Stonehenge or Peru’s Nasca Lines (a scientific, cultural analysis, not a pseudo-scientific, supernatural focus)

- Impacts of labor practices/environments in underdeveloped and developing countries

- Effectiveness of anti-drug, anti-alcohol or anti-smoking campaigns

- Effects of participation in extra-curricular events (sports, band, etc) upon students' academic performances

- Effects of Title 9 upon female athletic participation and/or achievement

- “Typical” images of men or women portrayed in entertainment media, and the effects of these images

- Effects of Federal financial aid programs upon higher education in the U.S.

- Reasons behind some college students’ violations of academic integrity policies, and strategies to combat such violations

- Issues involved in college and/or high school media being covered under First Amendment rights

- Effects/impact of social media upon national elections

- Impact of trade imbalance or national debt upon the U.S.

- Impacts of exponential population increase during the past century

- Causes of various protest movements (U.S. Suffragists, U.S. organized labor movements, U.S. Civil Rights, 2011 Egyptian uprisings, 2012 “Occupy Wall Street,” women’s rights in Afghanistan, etc. or see me with ideas)

- Cyclical nature of the popularity of body art or a historical/cultural analysis of body art

- Influence of the American South and its culture on the writings of either William Faulkner or Tennessee Williams

- Depiction of African American experiences within the writings of Maya Angelou, Richard Wright or Langston Hughes

- Feminist issues explored within the writings of either Kate Chopin or Charlotte Perkins Gillman

- Why giant tortoises live so long

- How cockroach species have survived for millennia
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