You will write a 2000-word essay on a topic we discussed in class and you would like to further research. Since a research paper is informative, you will reference one in-class text to narrow your topic and further your research with three additional sources from the MVC Library databases such as Academic Premier Search, EBSCO, Points of View Reference Center, or CQ Researcher. Topics can range from:
Community and justice
• Select a text you were particularly interested in reading in the class. Ask yourself, “What else would I like to learn about that stems from this text?” Cite the text, paraphrase its content, and select a quote you will explain.
• Draft a narrowed, thesis statement that states the topic, your claim on the topic, and the three or four points of development.
• Decide on three additional sources from the MVC library; save the articles and their MLA bibliographic documentation on a separate word document titled Works Cited.
• In the body of your essay, use the MEAl pattern, consistently use a neutral point of view to support your thesis, begin each paragraph with a clear topic sentence, and use in-text citations accurately. Consider setting off your quotations or paraphrases with a signal phrase like Jessica Weisberg in “The Boy without a Country.”
• Your conclusion should restate your thesis in other words and summarize your findings.
Insert in-text citations, quotation marks, and cite your sources even when you paraphrase (indirect quotations) an idea.
Provide facts, statistics, testimonies that are verifiable
Research credible sources
Format a separate works cited page that lists 4 sources– your choice of sources:
1. One text studied in class fully cited, paraphrased, and quoted.
2. Three additional articles from the MVC Library databases at http://www.mvc.edu/library/ or two articles and a video from TED Talk.
Make sure your sources are current i.e. published less than ten years ago.