Research paper

Question description

Assignment Overview – Over the course of the semester, students will independently research and write an argumentative research paper, which will be based on one of the three course content topics, which will evolve in stages, and which is one part of a larger research project. This paper is considered the final for this class.

Due Date – Refer to the date posted in CanvasNOTE: Because this paper is due at or near the end of the semester, the assignment will close on the Due Date. Thus, NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED, (Don’t ask!), AND SO WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF ZERO (0)!!!

Assignment Guidelines

General – The paper will:

  • be 9-10 pages in length (not including the Bibliography) using a template provided by the instructor. This template will be discussed at a later date.
  • adhere to the documentation style (MLA/APA) as agreed upon in class for the in-text citations and bibliography.
  • written in third person.

Specific – Sources, Citations, Assessment, and SLOs

Sources – The paper must include a minimum of six (6) sources found at the USF online library. The specific source types that must be included are delineated as follows:

–Three (3) written sources must be academic in nature (e.g. a journal article, book, book chapter, or published report). Varied is better.

–Two (2) written sources like news articles must come from a different source, e.g. an article from the New York Times and one from The Economist. NOTE: One (1) of these articles can come from class materials found in Canvas/Modules or Files, even if it is more than 10 years old.

–One (1) audio or audiovisual source.

NOTES: Once you have met these source requirements for use in your in-text citations and Bibliography, you may find and use additional sources, though only one more of any additional sources can be audio or audiovisual.


One (1) visual (e.g. table or graph) embedded in the paper. It cannot take up more than 1/8 of an 8 ½ X 11 page. NOTE: Such a source must be cited in the Bibliography.

Sources that are NOT ACCEPTABLE:

Wikipedia or other Open Sources, blogs or editorials (unless written by an expert in the field), and/or reviews of books, movies, or events.

Citations – The paper should have a minimum average of one in-text citation per page, but not more than two per page.

Assessment – The paper will be assessed on the four criteria: Task-Related Skills, Organization, The Application of Course Content, and Language Use.

Student Learning Outcomes – The students will

  • learn academic content knowledge and vocabulary in three content areas: Immigration
    (Chapter 13-Claiming Citizenship), Consumption (Chapter 9-You Are What You Eat), and The Environment and Sustainability. They will demonstrate understanding of this knowledge by completing . . . papers. . .
  • produce a . . . research paper . .
  • learn how to locate and evaluate academic sources, organize their notes,. . .for their research project.
  • incorporate sources into research papers. . . using paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and appropriate citation methods.
  • incorporate academic language and grammar, discourse transitions, and appropriate register in. . .their research papers . . .



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