PROPOSAL for Argument 2: Research Argument
DUE Friday, July 2 midnight PREPARING the PROPOSAL
1) Make your preliminary choice (Make sure your issue is original, has a personal relevance). Do not choose bumber-sticker issues, such as gun control, abortion, global warming, drinking age, capital punishment even if you feel strongly on the issue. Why? Because it is hard to say anything interesting or original about it. 2) Research your issue using DMACC library databases and Google Scholar
Research Guides: DMACC Libraries: DMACC Library Home
Research Guides: DMACC Libraries: DMACC Library Home
If you need more tips on how to do library database reserach, study the resources in the folder Library Resources in this week’s folder.
WRITING the PROPOSAL
In your short proposal
1) Explain what issue you are planning to research. Respond to the question “So what?” (i.e., Why is the issue timely, relevant, debatable? In other words, why should we care? ) (200 words min)
2) Introduce preliminary sources you have found so far (3 sources min; 2–from library databases)
Here is a link to the library. Just paste your proposal into the window. DO NOT upload a file. MOST IMPORTANT: The proposal is due by Friday, July 2 midnight. I will give you feedback by Saturday July 3 midnight . After you get my feedback, you can continue working on your research and submit Annotated Bibliography and Developed Outline by next Tuesday, July 6 midnight ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY and OUTLINE
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY and DEVELOPED OUTLINE 30 points
After you receive my feedback to your proposal, you will start finalizing your research and thinking about the structure your argument will follow.
SUBMISSION format: Please submit as ONE attached file (one file for both Annotated Bibliography and Outline)
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 15 points
I expect you to cite at least FIVE secondary different sources. Primary sources (email or face-to-face interview, a survey) are not necessary, but will certainly add to your argument if they are relevant and smartly incorporated in the texture of the argument.
For this paper, I expect you to prepare an annotated bibliography: instead of a regular list of sources, provide short annotations (summaries) for FIVE of the sources you will use in your paper. After each MLA entry in Works Cited, provide a one-paragraph summary (5-7 sentences) of the article.
If you need to refresh your memory on how to write a summary, watch this video
You have done summaries in this class before, so this is just a refresher
Begin with the author, title, and thesis and/or topic. For example: In his interview â€¦.. Joan Smith argues that in the 21 century, advertising acquired new forms
Reword the author’s ideas. Do not use any of the same vocabulary unless the terms are necessary to convey specific points. Not to reword is to plagiarize. If you use direct wording, use quotation marks. Avoid unacknowledged or excessive use of direct quotation. Instead of â€œAuthors need to evaluate their ideas.â€ â€“argues Smith, say Smith argues that authors need to evaluate their ideas.
Include main ideas that support the thesis and capture the essence of the article.
Organize the summary to present the most important ideas first. You do not necessarily have to follow the structure of the original text.
Continue to attribute ideas to the author with the help of signal (tag) phrases: For example, â€œThe article focuses onâ€¦â€ â€œIn the essay, the author (or last name of the author) argues (compares, provides reasons for, describes, reflects on, contends, maintainsâ€¦â€ The purpose of the essay isâ€¦.
Check your summary against the original for accuracy, brevity, proportion, focus, and tone.
Revise where necessary. Insert transitional words (e.g., however, therefore, at the same time ) and phrases where necessary to ensure coherence. Check for style. Avoid series of short, choppy sentences. Combine sentences for a smooth, logical flow of ideas. Check for grammatical correctness, punctuation, and spelling.
The first time you mention the author, provide his/her first/last name and the title/affiliation of the author (if possible). Next time, the author is mentioned, you can just use his/her last name. Do not refer to the author by the first name (even if you know him/her personally).
Format to follow
Last name 1 Your name Professor Cochran
Comp II Annotated Bibliography
Date Annotated Bibliography
Kilbourne, Jean. “Jesus is a Brand of Jeans” Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture. 7th ed. Upper Sadle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2012. 86-91. Print Summary summary summary summary summary summary Summary summary summary summary summary summary summary summary summary summary summary summary Kilbourne, Jean. “Jesus is a Brand of Jeans” Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture. 7th ed. Upper Sadle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2012. 86-91. Print
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PART 2 DEVELOPED OUTLINE 15 points
As you are putting together your research, and the structure of the paper is starting to shape in your head, consult possible argument structures suggested in the assignment description. These are just suggestions. You can create your own, but make sure you reader can easily follow the logic of your argument.
Once you tentatively chose the structure to follow, refer to the following resources on Purdue OWL website for tips on how to develop outlines https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/developing_an_outline/index.html
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/developing_an_outline/types_of_outlines.html (scroll down to look at outline format options)
Create a three-or-four-level alphanumeric outline you plan to use in your paper.