British Literature Research Paper Directions:
Assignment: This project will incorporate all the aspects of a research assignment, including a formal paper of 5-7 pages typed and double-spaced, with a MLA style bibliography page and internal citations. The process of researching the topic, completing note cards and bibliography cards, completing a bibliography page, outline and rough drafts will all be part of the project.
Criteria: Each student will be responsible for completing the various steps of the process on time and in their entirety. Be sure that you meet or exceed the deadlines set down for the project. Each student will be responsible for choosing a topic that is of interest to him or her and then completing the formal research paper.
Topic: The topic for this research paper is any British or European person, group or people, event, tradition, age, object or invention that has had a major influence or impact on society or a profession. The topic needs to have been born/created or lived/existed the majority of its lifetime between 50BC – 2000AD.
Structure: The project will consist of a biography or background section, a section on the importance of the topic, and a section in which you analyze the topic or discuss the influence it has had on society or profession. Each section will be approximately one third of the paper. Any pictures, charts, graphs, etc should be included as appendices and will be graded as extra credit.
Grading: The assignment will be graded for each separate step of the process. The final paper will be worth 200 points. Each step of the process will be worth 10 – 30 points depending on the assignment. To receive full credit for each section, the previous section must be turned in and each section must be on time. Final Paper is due on Jan. 9, 2007 by 3:00pm in room 309 and submitted to Turnitin.com. Any paper after that time will result in a grade no higher than a D+. Absences are not an excuse for an extension.
Sources: The information that you will use for your paper will be generated from 4 types of sources. You MUST use each of these in your paper. You must have at least six overall. All sources will be cited using the MLA style. You may use more than one of each but you have to have at least one of each of the following;
Encyclopedia or other reference work
Book/History or compilation
Magazine or Newspaper or Periodical
Date/Day Topic Assignment Due Date
Wed.-Thrs. Nov/Dec 29-1 Library Research Use Library sites for information end of class
Fri. Dec. 1 Library Research Library research/topic sheets end of class
Tues.- Wed. Dec. 5/6 Bib Cards/In Class Complete Bib Cards (MLA Style) end of class
Fri. Dec. 8 In Class work/Note Cards Bring sources to class /begin taking notes end of class
Mon. Dec. 11 In Class work/Note cards Bring sources/ note cards (checked) end of class
Wed. Dec. 13 Outlines/Rough Draft Begin working on Outline/Rough Draft OL due 12/15
Fri. Dec. 15 Outlines /Rough Draft OL Collected and return in class / Begin RD RD due 12/19
Tues. Dec. 19 Collect Rough Draft #1 End of class
Wed. Dec. 20 In Class wrk/Rough Draft #1 Rough Draft returned
Thrs.-Fri Jan. 4/5 Rough Draft #2 (Optional) 2nd RD can be turned in, will return ASAP
Tues. Jan 9 FINAL DRAFT DUE INCLUDING RD#1, RD#2, OL, NCs, BCs 3:00PM