Your final research paper should be a work of high quality. Please be sure that you clearly identify a paper topic and submit it via e-mail to me by March 3rd, 2008. You may not have a clear theme, concept or point of view in mind by that time, but you must have a fairly narrowly defined topic or issue. You should soon be developing a reading list and reading on the topic you choose. I will expect a written reading list or “works cited” list on a date I will assign. Please keep the following in mind:
1) give yourself enough time!! Start !!
2) ask for help…see the library staff ASAP or arrange for a tutor. See the Writing Program as early as possible.
3) be sure to properly cite your sources using parenthetical reference. In the past, this has caused significant problems. MLA format is the standard for SUNY Delhi.
4) work with each other in discussing your topics and reviewing ideas or drafts of the paper.
5) Remember…be sure that your paper has a central theme or idea.
6) the paper should be fifteen pages or longer. (This does not include endnotes, references, works cited etc.) In reviewing the public policy topic, the issues or problems that it raises, and summarizing the analysis and your conclusions, you will need a substantial paper.
7) I will read only legible, word-processed drafts of your paper. The due date is May 5, 2008.
8) write the paper in your own well-chosen words…I do not want pages of quotations from your sources. However, your tone must be academic-not colloquial. Originality counts!!
9) plagiarism will result in failure of the assignment and the class.
No Late Papers Will Be Accepted!!
11) Read Writing the Academic Paper-Karen Gocsik (Dartmouth College)