The Research Project
Description: In this project, you will be writing about a topic that you are passionate about. You will identify that topic, then will create a research question about it. That research question will state what you want to know about your topic and will guide your research. The essay part of your project will require you to use 4-6 secondary (outside) sources from the BC Library Databases or Library (only one of these may be a direct internet source). As part of the project, you will research your sources;take notes and summarize and paraphrase your sources; write an annotated bibliography of the sources you will use in your essay, and make a 10 minute presentation for the class of the main findings/conclusions of your research project. As part of your presentation, you will create a powerpoint, prezi, or other type of presentation (we will discuss).
This is not an essay where you gather information and just put it in a paper: this project asks you to interpret the evidence and come to a thesis about it. In other words, you are answering your research question in the essay.
Length: Minimum 4 double-spaced pages, 12 pt font (Times New Roman , plus a Works Cited page listing all the primary and secondary sources used.
Grading of this Project:
15% of the grade will be for the research paper
5% will be for your 10 minute presentation
Stages of the Research Paper
March 6-10: Spring Break - No classes
T 3/14 Evaluating Sources
TH: 3/16: Tentative: Library Session—Search for reliable, credible sources in library databases.
T 3/21 Students: Bring in 3 sources for your project. In –class note taking exercises (graded).
TH 3/23: Lesson: Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Summarizing. In class: Exercises on Paraphrasing and summarizing. Incorporating sources into your essay.
T 3/28: How to Write an Annotated Bibliography. In class exercises: begin writing Annotated Bib.
TH 3/30 HW: Bring in summaries/quotations/paraphrases from sources.
T 4/4: Building the Draft Research Paper
TH 4/6 Write draft in class (you will finish at home)
T 4/11 Writing the Works Cited page - exercises in MLA documentation
TH: 4/13 Write draft in class.
Tues: 4/18 Revising your research paper.
4/23: Final essay due 4/23. Presentations on 4/25 and 4/27
: You know you're going to use it, so use it efficiently: add (site colon dot gov) or (site colon dot edu) to your keywords to limit searching to governmental and educational websites.
: A search engine that searches multiple federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while linking to selected resources available online.
U.S. Government Websites: Subject and alphabetical lists for federal government information.
: Official portal to information and services provided by the federal government.