Final Research Paper

Research Paper (Due on Friday 6/8 by email  rroblesmejias@lagcc.cuny.edu )

Steps

  1. Start by choosing a topic.
  2. Then narrow your topic in the form of a question.
  3. Draft a central claim or thesis statement.
  4. Do the research: at least two sources, one academic -books, journals, peer review publication- and one from the internet  (For more information, see guides on how to evaluate websites and other sources; and paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting sources.)
  5. Organize the research. (Introduction: question and thesis statements; Body Paragraphs: present evidence from primary and secondary sources; and Conclusion: summarize your arguments, and add a personal comment)
  6. Draft. See The Writing Process for drafting ideas, tips, and suggestions.
  7. Create your MLA bibliography, or works cited page. http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/
  8. Revise your draft for content and organization.
  9. Edit and proofread your final draft.

Source:http://writing.ku.edu/research-papers

Example:

Topic: Spanish and Spanglish in Denise Frohman “Accents” and Elizabeth Acevedo’s “Afro-latina”

Research Question: Is Spanish language and Spanglish a significant element of these poet’s identity and work?

Thesis: For both poets, it is but with different connotations. While for Frohman Spanish language and accent give her a sense of connection with her mother, her Puerto Rican heritage and represent a source of empowerment, for Acevedo it involved a process of rejection due to the need to assimilate, eventual acceptance, historical awareness and ultimately found pride.

 

Be attentive to:

.Understanding the goals of a LITERARY argumentative essay: to analyze a literary piece (the essay is not an opinion piece or a sociological exposition)

*Always ask yourself: Am I analyzing the poems? If yes, keep going. If not, go back to them.

.The extension (4 pages + work cited page)

.Excessive spaces

.Integrating secondary sources

.MLA Style Citation and Work Cited Page

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