English 4A Lesson 6 Research Paper

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Topical research.
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Writing about research and presentation of specific topics or subjects.
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Critical research.
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Writing to analyze and interpret information.
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Supporting facts and arguments.
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Convince readers that the thesis statement is valid.
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Body paragraph.
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Main ideas of the paper are contained in its body paragraphs which provide the information researched to support the thesis.
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Conclusion.
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Summary of the strongest points of the argument.
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Plagiarism.
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Use of undocumented sources.
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Primary sources.
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Direct, firsthand knowledge e.g. diaries, memoires, personal histories etc.
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Secondary sources.
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Indirect. Discuss information provided in primary sources e.g. books, internet etc.
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Internet sources.
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Evaluate internet information before confidently including the source in your research paper.
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First draft.
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Follows the initial outline and uses quotations and paraphrasing (must be cited) to support thesis.
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Writer´s interpretation (personal response).
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A good research paper explains the writer´s interpretation of the source material.
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Critical personal response.
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If the writer fails to convince readers of something the critical personal response is even more important. Base objections on the text and use evidence from the text.
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In-text citations.
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Must be used when you refer to a research source in your text. Author´s name and page number in parentheses at end of sentence e.g. English 4A is a great course \”Clarke 123.\”
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Works cited or Bibliography page.
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Must contain all the sources of information that you credit in your work.
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Modern Language Association (MLA)
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Commonly accepted form of a works cited page.
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Titles of books and other long works e.g. plays, long poems, operas, films etc.
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Italicized or underlined.
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Titles of short works e.g. essays, short poems, short stories etc.
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Use quotation marks. E.g. \”A Modest Proposal.\”
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Revising.
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Check content and that you have covered everything!
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Edit (proofread).
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Check orthography and grammar.
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Second opinion.
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Ask a friend to read your work and make comments. A second pair of eyes and a second opinion are always valuable.

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