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Research Process Paper
Description: The Research Essay is where you will demonstrate mastery of the research process, academic writing, and MLA conventions. Guided by a research question of your choice, repeat the research process learned for the mid-term project and write an argumentative essay that presents your findings.
Requirements: The Research Essay must
be based on a professor-approved research question
use correct MLA format and citation
present an interesting and arguable thesis
support the thesis using research acquired during the research process
demonstrate significant knowledge in the subject area chosen
present a logical conclusion that speaks to the significance of the topic
be 4 – 8 pages long
Grading: You will be graded on how well you fulfill the requirements and follow directions given in class. Formal Research Essays should follow the conventions of academic writing. You have creative license in your choice of topic and research path, but all essays must have a clear and logical structure.
Choose a research question you genuinely want to investigate.
Use the Elements of Thought and Intellectual Standards to help you organize your findings.
Attend all classes and library sessions as the tools you need to be successful will be given during these times.
Meet with the professor, or go to the writing center for help in drafting and proofreading your essay.
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