Research Assignment Introduction and Outline

Due Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Submission Instructions: Bring printed copy to class and submit digitally (on Box)

Assignment Description:

Item Percentage Due Date Link
Research Assignment Initial Question 10% Thursday, October 12, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Overview of Sources 15% Thursday, October 19, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Introduction and Outline 15% Thursday, October 26, 2017 See Below
Research Assignment First Draft 20% Thursday, November 09, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Final Draft 40% Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Click for More Details

For this assignment, you will write a traditional introduction for your research paper and, in the same Microsoft Word document (or other acceptable format), you will provide an outline for the rest of your paper.

The introduction you write for this assignment should be one or two paragraphs long. It should begin with a lead-in or a hook and clearly establish your topic and research question (although you probably won't want to phrase it in the form of a question). A brief overview of how others in the field have approached your question (or what they've focused on instead) is typical for a research paper's introduction. At the end of the first paragraph, an unmistakable and well conceived thesis statement should be articulated. This thesis statement may change and develop as you continue to research your topic, but you should still write down a tentative argument or initial hypothesis.

A strong outline details each topic and subtopic in your paper, organizing these points so that they build your argument toward an evidence-based conclusion. Think of your outline as a plan for each body paragraph in your paper, as well as the conclusion. Include entries for topic sentences, transitions, how you will introduce sources, the evidence you will use to support the paragraph, and points for analysis and interpretation to follow quoted or paraphrased evidence.

The outline component of this assignment is meant to help you determine if your ideas connect to each other, what order of ideas works best, where gaps in your thinking may exist, or whether you have sufficient evidence to support each of your points. It will also provide an opportunity to think about the time you will need to complete each part of your paper before you begin writing.

Your work must be:
  1. typed in 12 point Times New Roman font
  2. double-spaced with no extra line between paragraphs
  3. stapled if longer than one page
  4. handed in on time
Your submission must have:
  1. an original title for what will become your paper
  2. numbered pages if longer than one page
  3. Proper footnotes and a works cited page. Use Chicago style citations (consult a handbook or see me if you have questions about how to do this).