Fall Semester, 2016
Paper Due: 12/21/16
Presentation Due Date: 12/21/16
Key Tips to Success (This will be the basis of how the paper/presentation will be scored):

  • Research and investigate. Seek out obscure and hard-to-find material, and unify it into a clear presentation topic.
  • Synthesize. Draw together diverse things to show patterns and relations.
  • Organize. Give logical continuity and structure to diverse materials.
  • Analyze. Provide critical analysis in which arguments are examined for evidence, validity, logic, and flaws.
  • Clarify. Make evidence and arguments clearer to the reader. Elucidate difficult material.
  • Examine in a broader context. Show how a specific subject fits into a broader context, relates to another field, or relates to historic precedents.
  • Select and distill. Weed out fluff and irrelevancies to get at the main issues of a complex subject.
  • Adopt a point of view. Show how the preponderance of evidence and reason favors one side in a controversial issue.
  • Strong Conclusion/Wrap-Up. Be able to summarize the main points of your topic and close it off thoughtfully.

Paper Formatting Guidelines:

  • Minimum of 3 to 5 pages no more than 8 total
  • Double spaced – Times New Roman, 12 Font
  • APA Format (sources imbedded within the text)
  • Reference Citation Sheet for all sources at the end of paper

Presentation Guidelines:

  • 10 Minutes Max per student to present
  • PowerPoints are highly encouraged for class engagement or visual aids, and or including handouts
  • **Visual aids are not mandatory, but encouraged
  • Utilization of the key success tips while presenting
  • Being clear and concise

Helpful Guide
*** Strategies for researching a term paper:

  1. Consult general encyclopedias. These give you an overview: the history, issues, people, and technical terms you’ll need for further searching. Some even provide a bibliography. This gives you additional clues: the names of people who write about this subject, and the titles of journals that publish papers related to it.
  2. Frequently search using author’s names to find the other things they have written.
  3. Find reviews of the books you intend to reference in your paper. These often contain additional information not in the book being reviewed. The authors of reviews in journals are usually also knowledgeable about the subject, and a literature search using their names is worth doing.
  4. Seek out the hard-to-find material. Books of essays and short articles often have very useful information and perspectives.
  5. Search yearly indexes of journals.
  6. Search materials of broader scope.
  7. Use your Librarians!!! Very valuable resource. But before you consult them you should first have a general acquaintance with your specific subject (since they may not) so you can work with them most effectively.
  8. By now you have enough solid understanding of your subject to refine, redefine, and focus the subject of your paper. Do not be surprised if you have accumulated ten times as much information as you will actually use.
  9. You are also ready to do a search of internet resources. You have the keywords, and the names of the important players in this field.
  10. **If you are really serious about some point not adequately addressed in the material you’ve found, you may choose to contact an author or researcher in the subject. Remember, these are busy people, and they aren’t likely to respond if they suspect that you are just a student trying to meet a term-paper deadline. If your query is specific, insightful, important, and not adequately addressed in the available literature, it may be appropriate to put it directly to one of the major researchers. You must show that you’ve done your homework first, and have a general understanding of the subject.