FINAL RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
The following is a description of the assignment phases and requirements. The research essay will be a two-part essay assignment identifying and analyzing a clear ‘issue’ affecting a specific ‘community’. Another approach to the topic may be to identify a specific issue a community is working on/fighting against. Part I will identify the issue and the community affected, inform the audience on causes of the issue, as well as working to ‘validate’ the issue in this part with history/background. Part II will focus on the ‘effects’ this issue is having on the community/society, and to put forth potential solutions for the issue.
A GENERAL OVERVIEW
Your final essay assignment will consist of a two-part research paper totaling 10-12 pages, typed and double-spaced. Part one will focus on about the history/background/causes/proof of this issue and community. Part Two will be more argumentative in style highlighting the effects this issue has on the community and its members, and perhaps larger society, while also providing some points on how to ‘deal with’ the problem (more info on each part to follow). There are many possible topics to choose from. The key is that you identify a topic that allows you to narrow in on a specific community (teen students, LGBTQ, elderly), a specific issue they face (social media use, violence/hate crimes, health care/services), consideration of the resulting effects, and specific ideas on how the community will overcome/solve this issue. While it will be necessary to inform on who/what the community is and ‘prove’ the issue they face (Part One), writers also need to create an essay that takes a clear stance/position in terms of how the community is affected and way(s) to solve (Part Two). Here are some possible communities: issues they face (not all, so please consider ‘communities’ outside of this list that you are in or want to be engaged in):
LGBTQ: Equal access issues, safety in schools, representation in pop culture, etc.
Science/Tech: Climate change, growth of AI, gender equality in STEM, etc.
Veteran: PTSD’s, ‘reintegration’ into civilian life, LGBTQ inclusion, etc.
Student: Effect of social media, cost of higher education, violence in schools, etc.
Elderly: Issues of abuse, ageism in workplace, affordability of health care, etc.
Muslim-American: Representation in TV/Film, hate crimes, immigration challenges, etc.
Parent: Effect of social media, dietary health in schools, ads aimed at children, etc.
Another suggestion I have regarding topic selection would be to find a community or issue related to your field of study, professional goals, or an invested interest (‘science community’, ‘teaching community’, ‘entrepreneur community’). Don’t necessarily choose what seems to be an obvious or ‘easy’ topic. You will be working with this topic the rest of the quarter, so choosing one that is both connected to a larger interest you have may help keep the ‘fire’ for research lit.
This assignment requires the use of at least 6 research sources and no more than 12 (a min. of 3 per Part). Two of these sources should have been published within the last 24 months. Two sources need to be ‘scholarly’. It is also advised that you use a range of source types (academic journals and books, magazines, newspapers, websites, etc) to vary the support you use in the essay. All sources should first come from the Cascadia/UWB Library. Use the periodicals and bookstacks (physical sources) or the Library Database to locate sources. If you find a source outside of UWB/Cascadia’s library, you must approach me before going forward with the source. All Internet sources must be approved by the instructor before inclusion into your essay! In-text documentation must follow MLA guidelines and an appropriate works cited page is also required. Handouts on these methods will be distributed available through the writing center.
ALL COMPONENTS MUST BE TYPED ACCORDING TO STANDARD RESEARCH GUIDELINES.
TOPIC CHOICE – PROPOSAL
Any and all topics and theses must be approved as part of the proposal, due Wed. May 9th. This assignment and Part I will be discussed May 7th in class, but they will be available to review on Canvas on the May 2nd. Once approval for the topic and thesis has been given, the topic cannot change. Slight adjustments to the thesis may occur, but you should try to avoid a major shift.
You are allowed ultra-limited first-person use in the introduction and conclusion of the paper. No use of second person is permitted in body section of the assignment!
Your audience is aware of the basics of your topic, but undecided as to their perspective on your issue. They need to be informed on the topic and its effects, so that they can understand its importance. This should guide your tone and presentation of the issue. It’s important to stay formal, and not to take for granted the needs of your audience. Your audience is at your education level and therefore, have a basic understanding of issue and components in play. They will not necessarily have the appropriate background knowledge needed and will need explanation of the complexities of the issue (causes/effects), so that they feel the need to take action on it (solutions).
- 12pt – Times New Roman, double-spaced with title and header on first page
- A minimum of 10 full pages, max of 12
- Must use at least 6 different text(s) -> 2 from last 2 years; 2 that are scholarly
- Proper MLA In-text documentation and Works Cited page
Assignments and Due Dates
- Thesis proposal and Annotated Bib of min. of 5 sources due May 9th
- Outline for Part I due by May 14th, rough draft for Part I May 21st
- Outline for Part II due May 28th, Rough Draft of Part II due on June 4th
- Final Draft of both Part I and II due by the end of the day, June 7th.