Writing A Research Paper. ENGL 1301. Topic. Focus Explore—Research!/Orient Yourself Sort out available information. Topics to Avoid. Topics based entirely on personal experience or opinion Topics fully explained in a single source Topics that are brand new Topics that are overly broad
Need to know:
Most reputable sources:
Restrict yourself to web sources:
The source is an article, “The Temper of the
1920s” by Frederick J. Hoffman.
Document everything you learn from a source,
including ideas andlanguage
From “Causes of Prejudice” by Vincent Parrillo on page 577:
“Prejudice is a complex because it is most likely the product of more
than one causal agent.”
From Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: “In the early nineteenth century, a group of reformers set out to establish a system of public education in the United States. What passed for public school at the time was a haphazard assortment of locally run one-room schoolhouses and overcrowded urban classrooms scattered around the country. In rural areas, schools closed in the spring and fall and ran all summer long, so that children could help out in the busy planting and harvesting seasons. In the city, many schools mirrored the long and chaotic schedules of the children’s working-class parents. The reformers wanted to make sure that all children went to school and that public school was comprehensive, meaning that all children got enough basic schooling to learn how to read and write and do basic arithmetic and function as productive citizens” (252).
Signal Phrase tells reader a bit about the
Vary the signal phrase
Margaret Bledsoe disagrees:
From all that we know of “enlightened self- interest,” the best chance that humans will begin to act differently from their habitual response is if they are provided a clear model for change, one that answers their most pressing questions concerning the needs of their everyday lives. Utopian images will simply confuse them. (73)
That said, ideals can motivate people to reach beyond
their daily experience and to examine new possibilities.
If there is a quotation within a quotation, use
single quotation marks: