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Research Paper Draft 2 (Unit VI Assignment) Instructions (DUE TUE 28 OCT 2014): Follow the directions below to complete your Research […]

Research Paper Draft 2 (Unit VI Assignment) Instructions (DUE TUE 28 OCT 2014):
Follow the directions below to complete your Research Paper Draft 2 (introduction and review of literature) for Unit VI (also located in your “Syllabus” in your course in Blackboard).
If you have questions, email your professor for assistance. You also may seek out the guidance of the Success Center; the tutors are always there to assist you with your writing and comprehension, particularly with APA questions you may have. You may contact the Success Center via email at [email protected] or by phone at ext. 6538 or submit your draft by using a “Writing Center Request Form” located on the MyCSU Student Portal. To submit a “Writing Center Request Form,” log into the MyCSU Student Portal, click on “Success Center,” and then click on “Tutoring.”
The purpose of the second draft is to build on the first draft that you already wrote and to move your drafting process forward so you can add a body, conclusion, and abstract to the paper, making it a cohesive and whole academic paper.
In this assignment, you will TAKE DRAFT 1 (review of literature), written in Unit IV, AND REVISE AND ADD AN INTRODUCTION to your final Research Paper that sets the context for your project, establishes your argument, asserts your thesis, and allows for an easy transition from your review of literature.
 NOTE: Your introduction alone should be between 250-350 words.If the introduction alone is less than this word count, it is likely you have not fully developed your introduction, and this lack of development can severely impact your grade for this assignment. Your Draft 2 should include the elements listed below:
The grade of your second draft is largely based on your inclusion of the below elements and the overall quality of your writing. For assistance, you may want to refer to the examples in Chapter 23, Section 23a, of your Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers (pp. 488-494) AND/OR Chapter 24, Section 24a, of Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers (pp. 507-509) for revision strategies. Your Draft 2 must contain the following elements:
 1. Cover page and APA formatting:
You should include an APA-style cover page for your Research Paper Draft 2. See the example on p. 16 of the CSU APA Guide, 6th edition.  Your cover page should include the following: the title of your paper, your name, and the name of your university.
The running head should contain up to 50 characters from the title of the paper, along with a sequential page number in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Introduction:
Draft and revise an introduction between 250-350 words to come before your revised review of literature (include your revised review of literature). There are some pitfalls to writing an introductory paragraph, and you can avoid some of them by reading through the Checklist: ―”Avoiding Certain Mistakes in the Introduction” on p. 495 of Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers.
 3. Review of literature:
Using the comments you received on Draft 1, revise your review of literature, and include it with Draft 2.
 4. References:
Include a references list as the last page of the paper. See the example on pp. 6, 7, and 21 The CSU APA Guide, 6th edition. All entries are those that have been cited in the text. No others are to be included. No textbooks should be included on the references list. 
For Unit VI, you must provide your introduction to your argument, so I advise you to include a quote from at least one (1) authoritative research source in your introduction to “back up” your “call to action.” 
ALSO, by now you must have at least five (5) published authoritative research sources that meet the “Research Requirements” AND are quoted or paraphrased and cited in the body of your REVISED “Literature Review” to clearly align with your “References” page, all in correct APA format.  AGAIN, keep in mind your “References” citation clearly should align with a quote or paraphrase of your source in the body of your writing.
FOR YOUR RESEARCH, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE “CHECKLIST” on pp. 350-351 in your assigned readings in Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers.
(A) you should prefer .edu or .org sites on the Internet (#1) or
(B) .gov or .mil sites (#2) BUT looking carefully at information provided and
(C) you should AVOID .COM sites (#3).
NOTE: All research should be
(D) no older than 5-7 years old AND
(E) should be published by a recognizable expert/author, so
(F) NO “anonymous” or “author unknown” sources and
(G) NO sources with “no date” (n.d.).
ALSO review the Inverted Pyramid on p. 422 of Strategies to rate your research!
1. Click on the “My Library” tab in your course in Blackboard2. Click on “Academic OneFile.” (other search engines are also available)
3. Click on “Subject Guide Search” (or “Basic Search” or “Advanced Search,” etc.)4. Type in search words, i.e., “Climate+ Change” or “sex+ education” or “greenhouse+gases.”5. You may also click on “subject” or “keyword” or “entire document.”6. In the “Limit Results” area, click on (A) “Documents with Full Text” AND (B) Peer-Reviewed.”
7. Limit “Publication Dates” to “after” “1 JAN 2008” to ensure sources are no older than 5-7 years
8. Finally, hit the “Search” symbol (looks like a magnifying glass). For instance, I found over 2126 full text articles on “Climate Change” from Peer-Reviewed (authoritative) articles, all published after 1 JAN 2006.QUESTIONS? Click on “My Library” and look under “Research Support” or “Contact Information” and click on “Ask a CSU Librarian” or email or call the librarians at the emails or telephone numbers provided and allow 24-48 hours for a response.
Your research essay is only as strong as (A) your argument/thesis (which MUST be a clear call to action) and (B) your research to “back up” your argument/thesis.
For your argumentative thesis, you must answer two (2) questions:
1. Who is your specific target audience (also called your opposition), and why would the oppose you?
2. What, exactly, do you wish to persuade that audience to think or do, and why should they listen to you?
NOTE: Again, all of your research should be no older than 5-7 years old AND should be published by an expert/author, so no “anonymous” or “author unknown” sources allowed, and no sources with “no date” (n.d.).


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