ENGLISH 12/ECONOMICS RESEARCH PAPER INFORMATION SHEET (DO NOT LOSE THIS SHEET! IT WILL BE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE TO YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!) ALSO—UTILIZE MY WEB-SITE!! The Basics: Over the next several weeks, you will research and write a 7-10 page paper. You should try to pick a topic that is somehow related to government, economics, and culture. You should approve these topics with Mr. Dunn prior to beginning your research. You will use at least 7-10 sources, of which at least one must come from a book and one must come from a magazine/newspaper. (NOTE: As we have already discussed, Wikipedia is not an acceptable source. Ever.) We will spend considerable time in class discussing the best places to look for solid information. You will learn the proper way to format your paper and document your sources in MLA format. You will also briefly present your research projects to the class at the conclusion of this project. Questions that you may have: 1. When is this due? The final paper is due on the designated date listed below (depending on your group), but that is only a part of your grade. Remember this is a process, which means you will not only be expected to hand in the finished paper, but you will also be graded on all important parts along the way. This is a large task, but I have set aside a considerable amount of time in class for you to work on your paper. You will have a total of AT LEAST 25 full class periods in either the media center or the computer lab. USE THIS TIME WISELY! It is possible to complete most of this assignment in class if you choose to spend your time wisely. 2. What is a topic, thesis question, thesis statement, preliminary works cited page, outline, rough draft? 1. Topic – You know what a topic is. The topic of your paper must deal with some aspect of government, economy, and/or society. You must approve your topic with Mr. Dunn if you are uncertain as to whether it will work or not. 2. Thesis Statement/Thesis Question - After you have selected a topic, you must then produce a question to research. Through the research process you turn this question into a statement, better known as a thesis statement – or a larger version of a topic sentence. Your thesis statement may change slightly through your research and the construction of your paper. It will be located in your introduction and serve as the foundation of your paper. 3. Works Cited/Preliminary Works Cited Page – One of the keys to doing good research is keeping track of all the sources you use to find information. There is a specified, proper way of doing this as established by the Modern Language Association, the people who decide these sorts of things. We will spend time learning the right way to keep track of and present this information. You have already learned about this with Mr. Buerkle, so this should be a good review for you. 4. Outline – This is simply a rough draft outline with your thesis statement and procedure for what you plan to accomplish in your essay. 5. Rough Draft – Your rough draft must include in-text citations, documented information, and both an introduction (with clear thesis). 3. So the whole paper is just research? Most of your paper will be. However, in the last two pages, you may make connections between the three—government, culture, and economy—and show how these issues are interrelated. How do they connect to one another? Are they important as they relate to one another? How? And why? You will answer and explain some of these questions in the last portion of your essay. 4. How much is it worth? This research paper, along with all necessary additional materials, will count for a large part of your second quarter grade. If done right, you will be able to use this paper for Mr. Dunn’s economics class requirement this semester as well. ***IMPORTANT!!*** Your final paper must include the following elements in the listed order: 1. Body of paper 7-10 pages in length – NOT counting the Works Cited page – Must be correctly formatted with page numbers 2. Works Cited page completed to MLA specifications 3. Outline - typed 4. Rough Draft with Mrs. Brown’s review markings Format Guidelines (see my web-site for details): 1. Your entire paper must be double spaced, in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. 2. Margins must be 1.” No more, no less. 3. Type only on one side of the paper. Do not use colored paper. Do not place your paper in any sort of binder, folder, or holder. A single staple in the upper left-hand corner will suffice. PLAGIARISM AND DISHONESTY: This paper needs to be your own work. You must use MLA documentation to give credit to all of your sources of information. If you plagiarize, i.e. take credit for someone else’s work, ideas, or information, you will receive a ZERO on this paper and FAIL the entire second quarter of English 12! We have already discussed plagiarism and how to avoid it, and we will continue to discuss this throughout the writing process. Don’t be overwhelmed; this is a long process. My advice to you is to stay on task, ask questions and do not let yourself fall behind.