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Write a Research Proposal.

Create a Working Bibliography.

The research Topic will be ” Free college education: what could be more beneficial—a free education or guaranteed job placement after graduation? Consider the road less traveled on this topic

YOU’VE HUNG IN THERE, AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF
YOURSELVES FOR TAKING ON THE CHALLENGES… STILL MORE TO
COME FOR UNIT 5 and THE PROPOSAL, SO STAY ABREAST AND READ
ANNOUNCEMENTS
As you move into this week, note that this unit begins your final paper:
DQ 1 asks that you take a look at the chosen topic for your final and your plan
to begin research and see yourselves as contributors in the world of
academia. You are asked to discuss the ‘holes’ that you believe you will fill
from the research and paper you will present. A researched paper contributes
to ongoing discussions. Where does your research fit in? What is its
purpose/intent? There is no one answer to this. Think. Share.
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Two main points we will constantly think of is to not allow our work to be
covered by the opposition’s view, but be mindful in selecting and
addressing the most significant ones as well as overusing others’ words
and thoughts (plagiarism).
Writing a Proposal as you narrow topics for your final is crucial. Let’s take
the time to define planned subjects in this unit as the end is rushing near;
this determines the well-defined subject/issue. Individual comments will
help address your concerns.
ON REVISING:
As we race to the end, we must also slow down and give extra thought to
revising our writing. This is so for any college level writing. So, take a step
back…
An argument is never solid if your writing is not clear. As college students,
any writing you do, requires thought, organization, and revision. So while
we may not go through the rigors of a basic writing or Comp. I course, you
must still be mindful of your role in academia.
Review the elements of the attached links slowly and carefully, and then
consider individual strengths and weaknesses in your writing thus far.
Remember that there is no magic formula to writing well. To do so requires
stepping back and re-reading critically, armed with tools (such as the ones
posted here). There is no one process to writing.
Open theEditing Checklist (Links to an external site)and review. Then, at
the bottom of editing, open specific areas that apply to your individual
challenge (pay specific attention to those that I have pointed out on your
papers). The last point on the checklist, Personal Grammar Issues,
highlights individual grammatical concerns. Open and review.
The Deadly Sins Checklist (Links to an external site.): This is often
overlooked with the excitement of seeing full pages of your written prose.
Forget my often suggested — “slow down.” I want you to STOP. Go back
to your work– re-read, review, revise, rewrite. The points listed as the
deadly sins are the most significant. Spend extra time on ‘Consistency’.
Review.
YOUR NEXT SUBMISSION SHOULD REFLECT EXTRA THOUGHT ON
REVISING.
ENG 102 Composition II
Unit Five
Creating Proposal and Working Bibliography
The Proposal: This is considered the first formal document of your research
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Write this document in the first person in terms of what you intend to do. For
example, one paragraph might begin: I propose to examine the position that gay
marriages should not be legalized
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State how you plan to prove this point. For instance—through in depth research
and interviews, I will . . .
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Consider beginning this Research Proposal with an anecdote that ties in directly
with your subject; pull a reader into your plan while clarifying for yourself a clear
direction.
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Name, date, course #, and instructor’s name in the upper left hand corner
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Label the page: “Research Proposal”
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Double spaced, typed, size 12 font in proper paragraphed form
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Aim for roughly 250-300 words
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Proofread carefully
Working Bibliography:
Your bibliography is a listed collection of possibilities. These are sources that you have
scanned after exploring the library’s books and databases as well as the internet.
Collect varied sources that may work for your research. Remember that it is a Working
Bib and will change as you begin writing your paper; you will eliminate and add sources.
9 Make sure that full bibliographical information is included for each source.
Include full web addresses, for instance, for internet searches.
9 Include Primary and Secondary sources.
Heading:
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Name, date, course #, and instructor’s name in the upper left hand corner
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Label the page: “Working Bibliography”
ENG 102 Unit Five Page 1 of 3
READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY TO ASSIST YOU IN CREATING YOUR
PROPOSAL
FORMING THE RESEARCH QUESTION AND PROPOSAL
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AT THIS POINT YOU SHOULD BE THINKING OF A TOPIC AND MOVING ON
TO NARROWING THAT TOPIC TO A SPECIFIC RESEARCHABLE CLAIM.
Avoid predictable topics too frequently heard of in the media: abortion,
euthanasia, gun control, marijuana issues, capital punishment. Select
issues that matter to YOU.
CREATING A SOLID RESEARCH QUESTION:
ONCE A TOPIC HAS BEEN SELECTED, THE RESEARCH QUESTION BECOMES
VITAL AS YOU WORK TOWARD RESPONDING TO THAT QUESTION IN YOUR
RESEARCHED ARGUMENT.
Find a Topic:
Consider issues discussed thus far. Keep in mind that the issue must matter to
you. By now you also know that your topic must be controversial/argumentative. By
now class Discussions should have led you to a narrowed topic.
A Good Question:
x Excites curiosity
x Avoids a simply yes/no answer and considers researchable views
x States a clear purpose and a lucid argument
x Has boundaries—a focused essay can be developed in 7-10 pages.
x Considers information from various sources keeping the writer’s point of view at
the forefront
x States a clear purpose and a lucid argument
Explain your purpose in the Research Proposal. It-x
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clarifies the topic.
analyzes the issues.
sways the reader with varied, compelling evidence.
Your Claim:
x Your wording should state the topic and take on the issue as well as your
selected approach. Are you, for instance proposing changes?
x May point to a general, specialized, or expert audience.
¾ YOU SHOULD BE WORKING ON A SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH PAPER,
REVIEW THIS AS YOU CREATE A FULLER RESEARCH PROPOSAL.
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A good proposal should have:
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A clear subject (beyond the topic) with brief background information
A narrowed topic
A working claim (one that offers some flexibility since, as research continues, you
may modify it a bit)
Awareness of the level of the audience
A plan for locating appropriate sources
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