102 Spring Semester 2009
Stories and Philosophy
Details and Instructions for Research Paper
The deadline for this task is 13th
July. The deadline is the beginning of class so don't miss
class in order to complete this task.
|Write an outline for your research
Note that organising your
essay around your story is not a good idea. You should aim to use your
philosophical theory as the basis for organising your essay. At this
stage you should be able to break your topic down into sub-topics and
use these subtopics as the basis for the organisation of your essay.
Your outline/first draft should contain information about both your
story and your theory. In fact most paragraphs in your essay should
contain information about both your story and your theory. If you only
provide information about your story, then you have serious problems
with content. Avoid long passages of story telling. Make
sure that you have information about your theory throughout your
outline and not just in the introduction.
- This is the
third stage of your research paper for which you will be awarded
You will be graded out of 10%.
- You will be
awarded this 10% for whatever you submit on the deadline above. You may
not submit two outlines so make sure you do your
best, first time round.
- You are expected to complete the task -
i.e. plan enough to achieve the specified number of pages 6-10 pages
- If you do an
must show sufficient planning for at least 15 body paragraphs. If you
have problems generating enough ideas you must come and see your
teacher before the above
specific references to your sources in your outline. This involves indicating the name of the author, year of publication
and page number. These
sources should be about
your theory as well as your story. In doing your outline develop your
own efficient way of referring to specific texts. You will find that if
you do this in your outline it will make your life a lot easier when it
comes to writing the first draft of your research paper. Also, your
teacher needs to see how you are using your sources. If you do not
indicate this in your outline, you may find that when you submit your
first draft, your teacher may instruct you to omit whole chunks of your
essay for use of inappropriate sources or inappropriate use of sources.
- If you have
difficulty writing the task description, come and see your teacher.
- The outline
or first draft
should be typed - this is for your benefit as any changes, especially
with organisation and structure can easily be made by cutting and
pasting. It will save you time in the long run.
submitting your outline/first draft, make sure you include any
preparatory work you
have done - your preliminary research, your proposal, notes, reference
page, sources etc. If you were organised for your proposal, then
this simply means adding your outline/first draft to your already
- When submitting your
sources, you must indicate clearly on each source (by
underlining/highlighting) which specific ideas/language you have
used in the writing of your essay.
- Make sure all
of your work is in a folder.
- There should
be a title page clearly separating each part of the research project.
It should be very clear to your teacher what each section is.
- Make sure you
include a 'reference page', presented in APA format. Remember
that you may need to update this from your proposal. For an
here . For further information about APA formatting click here.
- Your outline
should be detailed. It should include:
- a clear indication of what your chosen topic is
- a task description
- a thesis statement,
- a summary of your theory
- a summary of your story
- a specification of what the topic is for each
- a topic sentence for each paragraph,
- details of supporting points for each
- a record of what sources are being used at each
- an indication of the reason for the organisation of
the ideas in each paragraph,
- a concluding sentence for each paragraph,
- an explanation of how paragraphs are linked.
For a detailed form in
Microsoft Word Format that you can fill in as your outline Click Here
an example of a paragraph in outline format please click
You must remember to submit
your outline to turnitin.com
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