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Putting The Research Paper Together
At this point you should have a pretty good idea of which of your shorter essays you will use as the basis of your research paper. The point of using the shorter paper (as much or as
little as you like) as a basis is to make the project seem less daunting. Since the original
essay is 3-4 pages, you only have to add another 2-3 pages to complete the project. I would follow some version of the following to make the process as efficient as possible:
1) Decide on the paper
2) Do a quick search for articles that seem relevant for your project (the the library databases
or other scholarly databases.
3) Take notes (you need a minimum of one quote from each of your six outside, critical sources) and jot those down.
4) Take your shorter paper and add the quotes in.
5) Be sure you are integrating the quotes properly (read over the research paper
prompt as there are concrete examples of how to do so)
6) Expand each of your main points to offer more depth or add in another section with
one more point.
7) Be sure that the paper is evenly balanced with appropriate quotes and references to
the original text.
9) Reflect back to your experience with the poetry paper. Here, you basically did the same thing but in a smaller capacity. You can do this!
10) Submit your paper (early) to the tutoring center for review if you would like to do that
11) Take advantage of the reference librarians at BCCC. The library has a chat feature you
can use to ask questions.
12) Proofread your paper in its entirety.
13) Submit the paper on time.
Research Paper Advice
How to do the research….
This is one example of the databases offered at BCCC. Go to the library’s website and see what others could be useful for your project. You can follow this process for any of the search engines that you use. Note: I pulled this from one of our previous announcements so if you have not yet reviewed all of the material I’ve listed, please do so.
How to Use JSTOR to Start Your Literary Research
Ø From the Bucks County Community College homepage (www.bucks.edu):
Slide your mouse over “Library” and select “Start your Research” from the drop-down menu.
Click on “Databases,” which is under the heading “Online Resources.”
Scroll down and click on the link to JSTOR.
* Note: On an off-campus computer you will need to log on using your student i.d. and password to access JSTOR. Alternatively, from a campus computer, you may navigate directly to http://www.jstor.org/search/.
The benefit of using JSTOR is that it will ensure your resources are peer-reviewed journals! JSTOR has done the job already of editing your search for reputable, scholarly sources—this
is what is missing if you conduct a Google search. In addition to JSTOR, the Bucks library offers other resource materials and databases for literary research, for instance, Literature Online Reference Edition (LION), which can be accessed from the Bucks homepage by following steps 1-3 above.
Ø Depending on your topic, you may have to broaden or narrow your initial search terms, try different search terms, or even revise your topic, based on the research available. (You might also try researching other databases and resources, such as LION or the MLA Bibliography.)
Consider brainstorming a list of phrases and terms associated with your topic before you begin a search.
Be flexible and play around with search terms until you get your search results down to a manageable number of sources to sift through. For example, if you begin your search with the terms “Mark Twain” and “racism,” you will turn up 314 „hits.‟ On the other hand, if you play around and refine your search terms a bit, for example, “Huckleberry Finn” and “racism” and “Jim” and “dialect,” you will narrow your results to 37 potentially relevant sources.
Go to http://www.jstor.org/about/tutorials/basic_search_tutorial/ for an online tutorial that shows you how to use the basic search function.
Ø You will probably find it most productive to move right to an “Advanced Search.” By selecting this tab, you are presented with a new search screen that enables you to refine your search terms as well as limit the dates of the material you search.
Ø How to use search commands effectively:
Use “and” and “not” to limit your search.
Use “or” to broaden your search.
Use quotation marks to isolate a specific phrase you are searching for, such as the following: “the yellow wallpaper” in one field, rather than “yellow” and “wallpaper” in separate fields.
Refer to the “Tips” page on JSTOR for help using the database and more advanced search commands. For example, using an asterisk to search for „feminis*‟ will search for feminist and feminism; using „wom?n‟ will include woman, women, and womyn in the results.
Ø Once your search results are presented, you will need to evaluate their relevance to your research interests:
Browse the titles and click on those that appear relevant.
Determine whether an article will help you by scanning the first few pages or reading the abstract. An abstract is a short paragraph that summarizes an article.
Ø Click on the title of the article to read through it. Links at the top corners of the scanned page enable you to „page‟ forward and back through the article.
AFTER EVERYTHING, DO THESE:
1. Please discuss your annotated bibliography.
For this week, you will discuss your annotated bibliography by doing the following:
1) Summarize your experience in a well-developed paragraph. Be sure to include your methodology and outcomes.
2) Ask one question regarding the project.
For this assignment, you must do the following:
List 6 viable outside sources for your research paper.
Summarize each article in a paragraph no shorter than 100 words
Discuss why these articles will be helpful for your project
Comments from Customer
As long as the writer uses “A dolls house” and “feminism” as a way to advanced search and they can use “The Doll House Backlash: Criticism, Feminism, and Ibsen” as one of the 6 research topics for the annotated bibliography. If I need to resend the instructions to be more clear I can absolutely do so. It is a bit complicated how I sent it the first time.
Yes! You can use the regular JSTOR advanced search website without logging in.