Posted: April 22nd, 2016
Revision and Submission By this point in the course, you have written and submitted a draft of your paper, and have received advice through peer review. It’s now time to finalize your draft. First, make sure that you have integrated all of the necessary feedback from earlier reviews. You should also view the following research paper guidelines: Your research paper should be between 8-10 pages, double-spaced and formatted in MLA style. It should include a cover page and a works cited page, which are not counted as part of the length requirements. The beginning: Your research paper should be organized around a central thesis. This thesis should be based on the research question that has focused your search efforts thus far in the class. The first paragraph should set the stage, introducing your thesis and preparing the readers for what’s to come. You should then consider providing an overview of the situation. Depending on your project, this could take multiple forms. You might choose to briefly review the resources that you have found on the topic (similar to the review of sources you completed for the proposal). You might choose to discuss historical views on your subject as a way of setting the stage for more recent information. If you used field research, you might start with facts from your secondary research before launching into the results of your field research. Regardless of the approach you take, the goal remains the same—to integrate your reader by providing a thumbnail sketch of the scenario behind your research. The middle: The middle portion of your paper can take a variety of approaches, depending on your goal
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