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Third Project Informational Research Paper Important Dates: Tuesday, March 3—project assigned Tuesday, March 24—midway point check-in Thursday, April 2—project due Topic: Just the Facts, Ma’am—The Informational Research Paper Willow: How is it you always know this stuff? You always know what’s going on. I never know what’s going on. Giles: Well, you weren’t here from midnight to six researching it. Willow: No, I was sleeping. —“Angel,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer For this project, you will continue your research into your topic for the semester and write an informational research paper detailing the most important information that you have found surrounding your monster. Each of you will likely take a different route based on the argument you find as you conduct your research; for example, some of you have decided to focus on how your monster shows up in films in a particular way, so this paper might detail—in an objective way—what this monster is and its history in American film. Notice that this is NOT the place for your argument. Knowing what it is can help shape the kind of material you choose to put here, though. You’ve likely found a lot out there about and around your topic, and knowing what you eventually want to argue is one way to narrow things down a bit. If there are differing views as to what the purpose or meaning of your monster is, take my arm and introduce me as a stranger to scholars A, B, and C, who stand on one side of the issue, and to scholars D, E, and F, who are firmly on the other—as though you are hosting a party. Your paper should be no fewer than 6 full pages and no more than 8 pages. Because it is a research paper, you should cite your findings throughout the paper and accompany those citations with a Works Cited page. Remember, you’re building on what you already know—you’re supplementing your own knowledge by making a deliberate attempt to find out what scholars and other experts have written about it. At its core, that’s what a research paper is. We’re just expanding that concept by including nontraditional texts. You should remember, however, that you aren’t just reporting information—you’re analyzing it. What does the information that you’ve found mean? Let’s say that you’ve realized there were fifty vampire movies made in a ten year period (and I’m completely making that up). You’ll need to interpret that information for us. You don’t need to go so far as to make an argument, like that Americans are doing something or feeling something, but there is an in-between statement to make there. For your final, you’ll take this information and create a presentation, so be thorough in your note-taking as you work on this project. Your research paper should do the following: –Explain your subject in a way that is both informational and interesting to read. –Utilize your sources effectively. –Use signal verbs and signal phrases and avoid quote bombing. Integrate your research smoothly. Remember, this is an essay. It should be crafted. –Have an introduction that eases us into the subject, a thesis that isn’t a three-pointer nor blueprinted, and a conclusion that offers an answer to the so what question that moves beyond you and your interests. –Create headings to easily guide your reader. This is a long paper and you’ll likely have different sections; headings make this more manageable. We’ll discuss how to do this in class. Audience: –Those who might be interested in the topic enough to have a basic idea of what you’re talking about but need further details on the matter. In other words, don’t explain tiny details. Treat your audience like the intelligent people they are. You’re entering an academic conversation; there are certain things educated people know. (If you aren’t sure what those things are, ask.) Things to Avoid, Remember, and Watch For: –Don’t forget, responsible usage of sources requires both an in-text citation and a Works Cited entry. –Use Research Matters, not Easy Bib or Citation Machine. They often lead to small errors, and small errors lead to lost points. –Rambling. Stay on task. You’ll be writing a detailed outline in preparation for your conference with me, and these outlines should be written in sentence format. That way, you’ll be able to keep your paper focused. An essay that wanders is one of the quickest ways to lose your audience. –Be sure you’re not patchwriting. Double- and triple-check your quotes, paraphrases, and summaries to make sure you’re using your own language and not unintentionally mimicking the authors’. –Be SURE that you’re staying objective. This is an informational research paper. Just give the facts, please. Save your argument for later. –Don’t forget an informative and interesting title. Format Guidelines: — 6-8 pages¬ (not quite 5 full pages automatically receives a C-; 5 pages automatically receives a D; 4 automatically receives an F; remember, these are base grades) –A Works Cited page of 3-5 scholarly sources from your annotated bibliography (If you received notes from me saying that your sources weren’t appropriate, you’ll need new ones that I have approved.) –12 point Times New Roman font only –1 inch margins all around –Double spaced –MLA format (as gone over in class and presented in Research Matters) –Final copy stapled together (no paper clips this time, please); the packet may be paper-clipped if you’d prefer The Project Packet: ¬–Final copy –Draft (stapled at the back) –D2L submission