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Dr. Paul Marr Research Paper Requirements Department of Geography Introduction The research paper will allow you to develop a more complete understanding of the specific topical area that you have chosen. Although the way that you decide to convey the information is up to you, remember that these papers will be graded on content, style, grammar, writing ability, and thoroughness of research—so by following the instruction detailed below you will save yourself a lot of frustration. Please have someone proofread your paper before handing it in. This will save you time and points. This is an upper level college course and you will be expected to write well. If you have any questions regarding the research paper please see me ahead of time. Coming to me at the last minute with problems is not a good idea. Research vs Historical Papers Research papers address a specific research question, either through the analysis of data you compile (analytical paper) or through the comparison of the results of current research (comparative paper). Alternately, historical accounts typically "tell the story". While historical papers may appear easier to complete, they require much more reading—often from book and journals not available in our library. Regardless of the paper type you choose to do; start early, determine what materials you will need, and if our library doesn't have them use inter-library loan . Remember that inter-library loan may take some time!!! Below are the general formats for each type of paper: Analytical and Comparative Format Historical Format Introduction Introduction Description of the topic Description of the topic Clearly stated research question Clearly stated historical issue or question Relevant Current / Historic Research Relevant Historic Works Review of past or current work Review of past work Analysis Description of the historical context For Analytical Papers: Historical outcome Description of the data Summary Description of methodology How topic relates to current issues Results of analysis References Cited For Comparative Papers: General finding among researchers Comparison of the various results Problems and/or key issues Discussion Observations concerning the results Conclusions References Cited Remember that each of these components should be used in the final paper to avoid duplicating work. So for example, use your outline as the basis for organizing and presenting your work. The final grade for your research paper is composed of all of these components. Failure to hand-in any of them will results in the loss of points.
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Research Paper Requirements Revised April 25, 2007 2 IMPORTANT!! Specific Research Paper Requirements Please note the following specific requirements for the research paper. They are to appear in the order that they are listed: 1. A Title Page with: a. The paper title b. Your name, the course, and the date c. The professor's name d. A 1 paragraph abstract 2. A Table of Contents with: a. Subheadings that appear in the text b. Page number of these headings 3. A
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