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Mr. Epstein

Term Paper




You are required to complete a research paper on a topic of your choice. The topic must be related to something we will cover this term.  The goals are to examine am aspect of a society that we are studying in greater detail than we can in class, and to improve your research, writing, and critical thinking skills. 


Length: 4-6 pages, typed, double-spaced, 10-12 Font, Times New Roman


Sources:  Please use a minimum of four sources.  They may include books, periodicals, and/or newspapers.  Two internet sources may be used provided that the site is: from an accredited university, official government site, newspaper or periodical, or an e-book. 


Documenting Your Sources: Please include a list of "works cited" at the back of the paper, in proper format, in addition to notation in the parenthetical documentation form in the body of the paper.  See the links on research writing for help.


Due Dates:

Monday, March 10- Thesis Statement with one paragraph proposal


Monday, March 31- Draft Outline-

Begin with a statement of controlling purpose. Your statement of controlling purpose should be a sentence or a pair of sentences that states what you want to accomplish in your paper. -   I.e. “Political and military competition, including the creation of a strong naval force, economic competition among industrial nations, and a belief in the racial and cultural superiority of people of Anglo-Saxon decent made American imperialism at the turn of the 20th century inevitable.”  Divide the draft into two or more major sections introduced by Roman numerals.  Each major section is divided into two or more subsections introduced by capital letters.  The subsections may be divided into sub-sections introduced by Arabic numerals and those into sub-sub-subsections introduced by lowercase letters.    To come up with this, you will have to do a considerable amount of preliminary research.  This should be reflected in your outline; you basically should be ready to write your paper at this point.  The quality of your draft will be noted and applied to your final grade. The failure to hand in a draft outline, or handing it in late, will negatively impact your final grade.  T


Wednesday, April 16- Completed Paper:

What I am looking for:  1. Proper format: Introduction (state thesis), body (support thesis with relevant information, being as specific as possible), Conclusion (sum up your ideas)

                                                      2. effort

                                                      3. clarity of ideas

                                                     4. originality

Please hand in your research notes along with your paper.  Failure to do so will negatively impact your grade final grade.