As you know, this paper is the focus of the last three weeks of class. You still have the weekly reading assignments, quizzes, and discussion posts plus an abstract, bibliography and outline, and a rough draft for the second to last class. The discussion boards are meant to keep you thinking about, working on, and organizing your papers. The grammar tests′ concepts are a little more complex, but the quizzes are not hard. Please do read more on the grammar links about parallelism, mixed construction, and misplaced modifiers if you haven′t reviewed them in some time. Don′t forget to bring your mixed construction worksheet back to class, so we can continue to practice revising these confusing sentences. The biggest assignment this week is to choose your topic and decide how you are going to conduct your research. The topic choices are wide open, but be sure to choose a topic you are interested in and passionate about! Your interest will shine through your writing! Then decide whether to do primary research in which YOU conduct interviews (qualitative research), write a survey, OR set up an experiment (quantitative research), or you can do secondary research, in which you read all the information you can find about a topic and then analyze and synthesize the information. I discussed some of these terms in class last week, but forgot to specify the difference between qualitative and quantitative research. Explain in your abstract the time of research you are doing. So yes, you may do your own research, which can be quite fun. It does not have to be a complex topic – a simple survey with 2-4 questions would be sufficient (questions about the topic and then perhaps some population information like age, gender, or anything that might affect the outcome of your survey.) For instance, you can ask how far people travel on vacation, or how often they floss, or whether they plan to buy an electric car in the next year — just be sure to phrase the question in a way that lets you categorize the responses. Interviews are more open, but ideal if you were interested in doing some biographical research or an historical topic. For instance, you could interview a WWII survivor – not many are left, but 2 Pearl Harbor survivors live here in Coronado. Maybe you could interview a nutritionist or fitness coach if you are interested in physical fitness. Or interview someone who has a job that you are interested in and do some career research. Primary research counts as a closed sources. If you do secondary research, you need to have at least 5 sources — and at least 2 of those resources need to be from the library databases or a resource in print – a closed search – as opposed to an open search on the googleplex. The information on the library databases is in the FYI section of learning unit 5. DO NOT DELAY in looking for this information. You may change or revise your topic as you are researching because your opinions may change based on your findings. Locating good information may take some time. One of the goals of this unit is to learn how to access information through closed sources in library databases. To log into the student section of the Vincennes library, use your myvinu user name and the password that you use to log in to your myvinu page where you register for classes. (It may not be the same as your blackboard password.) You may also use the databases or print books in any local library. An additional source for a closed search is the Military OneSource library: https://www.militaryonesourceeap.org/achievesolutions/en/militaryonesource/Content.do?contentId＝27777 Sharing one of these resources is the discussion board topic. Many of the highlighted terms above should be referenced in your abstract, which is due on Wednesday — an explanation is in the FYI section. This research paper project has FOUR parts: a title page, an abstract, the body of the paper, and the References page/s. The title page, abstract, and references do not count toward your page count. If you want feedback about your topic and what you are planning to do, you can email a rough abstract to me. The reading selections are examples of summaries of research papers. You do not have to read them all, but skim through and choose to read a couple that seem most interesting. The ″Pearls before Breakfast″ article is an example of writing about primary research- an experiment the Washington Post journalist did having Joshua Bell play the violin in the Washington, DC, subway to see who would stop and listen. ″What Shamu Taught Me About Marriage″ is another example of primary research of a sort – this is obviously not a scientific research paper, but a columnist writing for entertainment, but the idea is there: the writer practices communication tips she learned from animal trainers on her husband. Finally, the essay ″Love, The Right Chemistry″ is an example of secondary research. Read these for models and for ideas to get your mind churning! Finally, this paper should be written in APA format. If you need to brush up on all the specifics, do look at OWL.purdue.edu. You don′t need to memorize all the specifications, but it is good to have some models. assignment is to write an extensive research paper. Choose a topic of interest and research it thoroughly. Present your findings in a way that makes your topic relevant and interesting to your audience. Consider history, causes/effects, uses or disadvantages, future prognostications, and present relevance. Try to use primary sources if applicable, in addition to secondary sources. Use at least two sources from a closed search of the library databases (highlighted on your bibliography). Cite sources in text and on the references page following APA guidelines. You may use both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Include a title page, an updated References page, and an updated brief abstract about your topic, purpose, and research methodology. Purpose: To inform or to persuade Genre: Expository or persuasive Format: 8 or more pages, double spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins, APA format. In addition, a title, references, and abstract page Sources: 5 or more sources, 2 from library databases. Paper follows a outline like the picture shows.
An abstract is a paragraph (150-300 words) that summarizes the main aspects of the paper in a prescribed sequence that includes 1) the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you investigated; 2) the basic design of the study; 3) major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and, 4) a brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.