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Call to Write , Third edition Chapter Twelve, The Research Process: Critical Essays and Research Papers
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Chapter overview Looks at two of the most common writing assignments: critical essays and research projects Examines the genres Overviews the research process Follows one student as she does a project for her history class
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Critical essays Critical essays are generally short papers, ranging from 3 to 7 pages, focusing on a question or issue. Student must use sources to make sense of how authorities in a field define key issues and present interpretations (430).
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Research projects Research projects are bigger undertakings than critical essays. The page length for research projects tends to range from eight to 20 pages or more; students use more sources and will probably spend more time on the project.
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What are faculty looking for? Whether writing a critical essay or research project, faculty expect you to do the following things: To work with your sources To create your own research space To identify the central discussion, debate, and controversies
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Sample critical essay, MLA Pages 432-435, The Dilemma of Empire Context: written for a course in international relations Assignment: analyze a set of readings and explain key differences The text looks at her essay and analyzes how she handled the assignment.
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Two strategies First, she establishes the context of issues to be discussed in the first three paragraphs. Second, she introduces two key terms starting in paragraph four. She then explains the purpose of her essay and explains how those terms will be used.
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Sample research project, MLA Chapter next presents a research project, also done in MLA style. This paper (pages 437-442) was written for a first-year writing course.
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