The purpose of the research paper is to advance your argument by using your own analysis of your primary source and supporting information or analysis from your secondary sources.
In order to achieve the course goals for the research paper:
? Create a thesis statement that clearly assets your own argument on the course subject.
-Be sure you are establishing an arguable thesis. You are not simply regurgitating what other authors have said; rather you are using secondary sources to bolster your own new claim.
-Read in 120-129 in TCOR(The craft of research 3rd edition)
? Contextualize your argument, placing it within a larger academic discussion and providing enough background information so that your reader can understand the rest of your paper.
? Organize your body paragraphs in a logical, coherent manner that serves your argument.
-Read pages 177-202 in TCOR(The craft of research 3rd edition) for help in organizing your argument.
? Use your research-primary source evidence and secondary source analysis-in order to back up your thesis
-Read pages130-170 in TCOR for a discussion on how to use your sources.
? Make sure you deal with counter-arguments and counter examples. Note: if there are no counter arguments and counter-examples, your claim is not arguable; a one-sided argument is not an argument.
-Pages 139-151 of TCOR discuss “acknowledgements and responses,” and pages 164-169 focus on “challenging others’ warrants.”
? Discuss possible implications of your argument for the ongoing dialogue about the topic.