Ms. Roberti's Multigenre Research Project
Finding a Topic:
For this paper, you may choose to do your research on a person (historical figure, politician, entertainer, etc.), a general topic (the history of marbles, affirmative action), or a theme from this class (the history or reactions to a book we’ve read: Hiking a long trail in the US or abroad; Haiti and the role of women; Surrealist Art; the demise of print journalism; The (un)ethical treatment of minors; etc.). Some guidelines:
Pick something that interests you! You’ll be spending a lot of time on this paper so you’ll want to be researching something you enjoy.
Pick a general topic so that you’ll be sure to find resources on it, then narrow your focus to a particular aspect you discover through research.
If you’re stuck for topic ideas: talk with friends and family, surf the net, browse through the library, anything to get your mind working and ideas flowing.
You must cite at least 5 sources in your final paper. The librarian is a great resource for help, so make sure to bring your questions to her. Try to use both primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are created at the time period you are researching. They include letters, newspaper articles, diary entries, etc. Secondary sources are sources created after the fact that reflect on the event or time period. They often analyze the primary sources.
Research Logs: During your research and throughout the writing process, you will be keeping research logs, which you will turn in with your final paper. These logs will include the following:
Research notes: your notes should include the articles and sources you’ve read, and the dates you do so. You can use notecards, marked‐up printouts (write dates you printed/read them), written or typed notes, or some other method.
Other “artifacts”: include any other notes, scraps of paper, pre‐writing activities, etc. that you use during the process of writing this paper.
Journal entries: every so often reflect on your researching and writing processes. Here you can write about your frustrations, your triumphs, your questions, and your interpretations. This is your chance to explain the choices you made in your research and writing.
Good places to go for research:
Student Resources in Context: This is an easy resource to use as a starting point, but won't give you deep enough information as an end point. If you are stuck for topics, choose the "Browse Topics" page, then narrow down from there. Otherwise, use keywords from your narrowed down topic to perform your search.
JSTOR: A very deep source full of academic content. Go here only after you've made research decisions.
EBSCOhost: This is a very, very rich resource. After you plug in your keywords and receive your first results, use the tools in the left column to help you narrow your results.
If you need passwords for the databases, go here.
Your final paper must include:
An cover page including your name and a creative title
A table of contents with page numbers and titles of each genre
An introduction to your topic explaining why you chose this, or what you want your readers to get from the works.
At least five different genres from different categories. (See a list of possible below. If you wish to use a genre not listed, please approve it with me first.)
A conclusion that ties your paper together.
A Works Cited page.