Research essayMy Thesis : The future of virtual reality in education will shows how important and effective technology will be in training, learning and teachingEnglish Composition 1101Research Essay: 5-6 pages, not including works cited pageTopic:Essay # 3 is an informative/argument research paper. You will investigate a topic you choose, butwithin the boundaries we discussed. Check with me to make sure your topic is suitable for thisassignment. Your topic should be one you want to learn more about, not one with which you arealready familiar or have previously written about.With research papers, what counts is following your interests asking important/relevant questions narrowing the topic (so that it is not too big) presenting your findings in a reasoned and plausible waySources:This essay involves research, for the purposes of both informing yourself and supporting yourposition. You should use at least 5 sources, 3 of which must be retrieved through the NCCdatabases or They say, I Say. Vary your sources, e.g. newspaper, scholarly article, journal.Sources you may not use:18.104.22.168. Web search engines, such as GoogleBooks or parts of booksDictionaries and encyclopediasâ€”including WikipediaThe Bible or other religious texts Essays that do not follow the guidelines for sources (at least three sources through the NCCdatabase or TSIS) will not meet the requirements of the assignment.Printing Out Your Articles:Print out all sources, so that you can annotate the articles as you read and make use of them inyour essay. Please highlight any specific information that you use (anything that is documentedin your paper). Include this source material in your final folder with borrowed parts highlighted.Documentation and Avoiding Plagiarism:To avoid plagiarism, be sure all sources are cited in your essayâ€”quotes, paraphrases, summaries,statistics– and that each of these in-text citations correspond directly to an entry on your workscited page. Use MLA documentation. Use quotation marks for all direct quotes. Any paper withuncited sources and missing works cited entries will not meet the requirements of the assignment. You can avoid plagiarism problems by reading about MLA documentation and MLAworks cited pages in your Little Seagull Handbook.Cutting and pasting information from electronic sources into your essay, or in any way copyingmaterial and passing it off as your own is plagiarism. Likewise, buying or procuring an essay andpresenting it as your own is plagiarism. This is a serious violation of academic integrity, andwill result in an automatic â€œFailâ€ in this assignment, and possible dismissal from thecourse. Instances of plagiarism are automatically reported to the Dean of Students and maybecome part of your permanent academic record.Method:You need to demonstrate that you can effectively incorporate the following aspects of effectiveresearch writing in your essay: Research gathering and organizing using credible sourcesParaphraseSummaryDirect quotation and correct use of in-text citationsSynthesis of your own ideas with those of your sources In addition, you must acknowledge the other side of the issue or topic. By acknowledgingan opposing viewpoint you make your argument more credible.Your essay should have an introduction, body, and conclusion; it should have a clearposition/argument (a thesis), and it should support and follow that point through examples drawnfrom your research.Bold your thesis statement on all drafts, and on the final copy of your essay. Indicate yourrevisions on drafts with a highlighter and notes in the margins.NOTE: Revisions are not editing changes in spelling or punctuation. Rather, they are changesyou make in â€œrethinkingâ€ your essay: adding development, support, establishing clearerorganization, a stronger thesis statement etc.Be sure to edit your final essay to eliminate typos and other lower level errors BEFORE youhand in your final folder.IMPORTANT: Please talk to me in the early stages of this project if you havequestions/concerns about the assignment–don’t wait until it is too late to find a remedy. Use SmarThinking and/or the NCC Tutoring Center throughout the process of writing this essay SCHEDULE FOR RESEARCH ESSAYTuesday, 3/15 Introduction to research essay assignment and library presentation onusing NCC databases (L3711)Start to gather source materialAnnotated bibliography practice.Annotated bibliography assigned (Complete draft due at conference) Tuesday, 3/22 Research conferences in my office (A 2569) Bring a typed copy of your annotated bibliography draftBring a typed copy of your essay outlineBring printed copies of the data you have gathered (at least 8sources)Bring one typed copy of your first essay draft You will receive a grade based on Punctual attendance at the conference How prepared you are (all required material present) Quality of the materialsTuesday, 3/29 Tuesday, 4/5 REVISED draft # 2 due at the beginning of class (4 typedcopies)Bold thesis and show revision work with a highlighter andannotations inthe margins. Keep up with research and annotatedbibliography.REVISED draft # 3 due at the beginning of class (2 typed copies)Bold thesis and show revision work with a highlighterandannotations. Keep up with research and annotatedbibliography. Tuesday, 4/12 Essay due in your folder with attached works cited page, theannotated bibliography and outlineIndividual Research Presentations today INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPILING YOUR ESSAY FOLDERUse the following checklist to organize your papers in your pocket folder. Item number 1 shouldbe on the top of your stack of papers. Number 10 on the list should be at the bottom of yourstack of papers.Papers go in the right side of your folder. When you receive your graded final essays back fromme, you need to keep them in the left side of your folder. By the time you hand in the 4th essayfor grading, you should have the previous 3 graded essays in the left pocket of your folder. Putyour first and second graded essays in the left pocket of your folder._____ 1. Final Draft with revision work shown. Write â€œGrade Thisâ€ at the top of thefirst page_____ 2. Completed Goal Sheet_____ 3. Printed feedback from Smarthinking and/or NCC Tutoring Center_____ 4. Annotated bibliography (Final copy)_____ 5. Copy of draft # 3 with your writing partnerâ€™s feedback and peer response sheet_____ 6. Second copy of draft # 3 with your instructorâ€™s initials and your revision work shown_____ 7. Copy of draft # 2 with your instructorâ€™s initials and peer group feedback responsesheets_____ 8. Copy of draft # 1 with your instructorâ€™s initials_____ 9. Any process work you did for this assignment including your outline_____10. Printed copies of your source material with all cited material highlightedIMPORTANT NOTE: You must submit your final essay to turnitin.com before you hand it in forgrading.
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