research project: A semiotic analysis of football (soccer)
Your research will then enhance your analysis of your text by researching any of the
– History of the text (Is the text’s history important? Does its history reveal
anything about why the text is the way it is?)
– Culture surrounding the text (What culture was the text produced in? What
culture is currently attached to the text?)
– Theories and philosophies that can be applied to the text (Does the text lend
itself to gender discussions? Race discussions? Social class discussions?
Psychological discussions? Etc.)
– Any information that will help you avoid making the logical fallacies that you
might have been making.
* You might find that you cannot find any researched information to support your claim.
If that’s the case, then you should think carefully whether your claim is valid or whether
you might be committing some logical fallacies in your argument. This is where
rewriting might be necessary.
* Incorporate a minimum of two of the sources that you researched into your essay not
including your primary texts or any assigned readings.
At core, your paper is still your semiotic analysis; however, often when analyzing semiotically,
you are interpreting signs a particular way without necessarily using additional researched
information to make sure that your claims are not off-base or weak. You will use your research
to help support your analysis. It will not substitute for your analysis. Ideally, your paper will
have analysis and research seamlessly integrated throughout with an approximate ratio of 70%
analysis and 30% research.
In rewriting, you might add, delete, or change any parts of your essay. Rewrites involve your
ideas, your grammar, and your organization. In some cases, students have changed their entire
thesis because they realized that their thesis was faulty and weak. The goal is for you to look at
what you originally wrote and determine its validity. If it is a weak argument that does not
have the possibility of being substantiated, then you will need to change the argument
completely. If it is a weak argument that has the potential to be stronger with more support,
then that’s where your research will help you
The research project
1. Research a minimum of eight (8) secondary sources, not including your primary sources
(e.g. lyrics, movies), encyclopedias, dictionaries, other general information sources, or
assigned readings from the class. At least half of your sources must be from
2. Include an abstract for a minimum of 8 sources. A template to follow is included below.
3. Include a bibliography that notes all 8 secondary sources that helped contribute to your
thinking and writing of your paper as well as your primary sources.
4. Include a works cited list that notes only the primary and secondary sources that you
used directly in your paper (through summary, paraphrase, or direct quotation)
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