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Research Report. English IV / 1301 / 1302 Grade 12 Mrs. Janice Wright, Hondo High School. Senior Research Reports. 5-8 sources (3 Internet, 1 general encyclopedia, 1 specific encyclopedia) 2-3 additional critical sources 30+ note cards 7-8 pages of text with parenthetical citations

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Research report

Research Report

English IV / 1301 / 1302

Grade 12

Mrs. Janice Wright, Hondo High School

Senior research reports
Senior Research Reports

  • 5-8 sources (3 Internet, 1 general encyclopedia, 1 specific encyclopedia)

  • 2-3 additional critical sources

  • 30+ note cards

  • 7-8 pages of text with parenthetical citations

  • ***Both primary and secondary sources

    including literary criticism


Folder with pockets and brads

Pencil with good eraser


Sandwich baggie for note cards

4 x 6 lined note cards

Colored markers


Library open evenings
Library Open Evenings

  • Mar. 5 Thursday 4-7 p.m.

  • Mar. 9 Monday 4-7 p.m.

  • Mar. 23 Monday 4-7 p.m.

The perfect note card
The “Perfect” Note card

  • Bibliographic Information

  • Reverse Indentation

  • Pencil

  • Page number

  • Only one major idea per card

  • Do not write on the back

  • Bullets with short statements

Edelman, Marian W. “Save the Children.” Ebony 23 August 2006: 53+.

Main topic




Credibility on the internet

Evaluate the websites you find.

Is the page sponsored by a college, university, or professional association?

Is the author an expert?

Does the author use real, checkable facts to support his or her points?

If no author can be determined, or the author has no credentials that make him an expert, PASS!

If there are spelling or grammar mistakes, PASS!

If a controversial issue is involved, strong language toward opposing viewpoints is used OR is biased toward only one side of the issue, PASS!

Credibility on the Internet

Look at the web site the url
Look at the Web Site: the URL

  • .edu A school

  • .com Looking to sell something

  • .org Non-profit organization

  • .gov Sponsored by the government

Web Site


Susan Frankel

With Nina McHale

Howard Community College


Good web sites


Dates show when information was published or updated (check page bottom)

Layout is simple and easy to follow

Home page URL

(ends in .edu, .org, .gov)


Broken links and/or error messages

Site not complete or never finished (“under construction”)

Advertisements or other distractions

Bright colors, tacky designs

Good Web sites

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Use your critical thinking skills to determine whether a web site is good or not-so-good.

Introductions attention getting device
Introductions: Attention-getting Device

  • Ask a question

  • Make a startling statement

  • Give a quote

  • Give a definition

  • Use a short anecdote

Formal writing
Formal Writing

  • Write in the third person

    (no I, we, you, or your)

  • No contractions

  • Formal wording: no colloquial language

  • Concrete language

Color coding

Red Triangle Be verbs

Purple cloud

specific wording

Green rectangle

punctuation and capitalization

Orange F or RO

Fragments or


Blue circle


Yellow highlight

You or your

Color Coding

Editing check list
Editing Check List

  • Eliminate “There are, is, was, were, will be”

  • Cut down on BE verbs (5 allowed)

  • Do not begin each sentence with the subject

  • Do not say things like “In this paper I will…”

  • Do not end a sentence with a preposition

Research report

  • Do not use any form of you

  • Be careful of words like there, they’re, and its,it’s

  • Eliminate alot and a lot completely

  • Use a thesaurus (but be careful to look up words you use and use them correctly)

  • Use a dictionary (or run spell check)

  • Avoid absolute statements (People can easily argue with them, weakening your point)

  • Avoid beginning sentences with it or with connectives.


Editing questions
Editing Questions

  • Attention getter? Place in brackets.

  • Thesis statement? Underline. Double underline words that suggest your topic.

  • Topic sentences? Place an A by the main point. Put a lower case a over supporting statements.

  • Definite conclusion? Place a wavy line under the concluding sentence.

Make sentences more effective
Make sentences more Effective

That movie was pretty weird to me.

An innovative film, The Aviator, won

five Academy Awards.

The numerals on my digital clock are green in the dark.

The green numerals on my clock radio glow.

Mla parenthetical citations
MLA Parenthetical Citations

  • Book by one Author (Wright 2).

  • Book by two or more authors

    (Morella and Epstein 27).

  • Article (Hall 40).

  • Article; author unnamed

    (“The Fabulous Land of Oz” 24).

  • Article in a reference work; author unnamed

    (“Special Effects” 324).


Subject / Verb

1st word 2nd word


If you see a pattern or problem, change or fix it!

Revising the research paper
Revising the Research Paper

  • Does the opening grab the reader’s attention?

  • Does the thesis statement identify the topic and main idea?

  • Is each main point supported with relevant information: summaries, paraphrases, or quotations?

  • Is proper credit given for each source of information (parenthetical citations)?

  • Does the conclusion restate the paper’s thesis?

Works cited
Works Cited

  • Use reverse indentation

  • Place sources in alphabetical order

  • Double space

  • See

  • Choose MLA option (on left)

  • Choose Print or Non-print options (on left)

  • Fill in appropriate information

  • Submit