HSS4 WEB Du Bois Black Reconstruction RESEARCH PAPERS
Students are required to prepare a 15-20 page research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. This assignment is intended to help students develop information literacyhow to locate, manage, and use informationas well as to improve written and oral communication skills. The format of the paper should comply with MLA and/or ASA guidelines. Students are STRONGLY urged to take advantage of the writing center as they prepare the paper. Below are some websites that might be helpful guides to the research process.
Student will be required
Social science research papers are organized into several sections:
I. Abstract: a concise summary of the findings
75-100 words summarizing the purpose (thesis) of the work, the types of sources used, and the conclusions
II. Introduction: a context for the topic under discussion
Why is the issue relevant, how has it been approached in the past (background), what is the purpose or rationale of the research?
III. Methods: a description of the kinds of research materials and techniques used
Eg. primary or secondary research, literature review, ethnography, survey, etc.
IV. Findings: a reporting of the results of the research
A non-evaluative description of the conclusions shown by the data
V. Discussion/Conclusion: an analysis of the implications of the findings
An evaluative, interpretive look at the research findingswhat is the significance of your work?
VI. References: citations and bibliography
Feel free to use any MLA or ASA approved style of citation (footnotes, endnotes, or in-text citations). In addition to books, journal articles, (reputable) websites, monographs (including dissertations), and interviews (personal communications) can be good sources.