2 parts of a research paper

For your final project this semster, you will be creating a persuasive or informative Web Article. 

There are links to example Web Articles in your assignment sheet, as well as in Week 5-7, if you’d like to explore them before completing this assignment.

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In this plan/outline, you will write at least 250 words total to give me a sense of what you plan to do for your web article. In particular, your proposal should cover these ideas: 

  1. Purpose and Audience: What do you hope to accomplish with your web article? Are you trying to inform your audince? Are you trying to persuade your audience to change their behavior? Take action? Argue in favor of a particular solution? And who is this argument/information directed to? Be as specific as you can when identifying your ideal audience — since you’re writing informatively/persuasively you should think about who you’re hoping to inform or persuade. Take some time to explain why you have decided on this purpose and what you really want to say. In this section, I really want to see what’s important to you, since good writing is self-motivated.
  2. Thesis: State the working thesis that you will assert in the final web article, and explain in about a paragraph why this will be the thesis you’ve decided on. Your thesis should be a claim that others can logically have different perspectives on. It should also engage your readers’ interest that can surprise your audience with something new or challenging.
  3. Style and Design: This includes visuals, writing style, and document design. Since you are writing in the genre of a web article, this means there must be some visual elements to accompany the text. What photos, illustrations, charts, or other visual elements will you include? How will you design the page? You’ll also want to write in a voice and style most appropriate for your chosen audience. What will that be? Will you be more formal/casual/friendly/academic/etc.?

Note: if you choose to refer to sources in your explanation, be sure to put your quotes in quotation marks and cite your sources!

Research is a recursive process, meaning that we have to keep returning to it. At work and at school, as we get further along in a project, we keep having to find more research to complete the different phases of the project. 

As you prepare to write your Web Article, you will see that the research you did before for your Annotated Bibliography will not enough to complete the project in this unit. There will be things you still don’t quite understand; things you remember reading but don’t see in your sources; questions that come up as you write.

For this assignment, I want you to find 3 new sources to use in your Web Article project. I do not mean any three sources that will just be tacked on to your works cited–but sources that will actually help you. 

I recommend making an outline of your project, or starting a draft, and thinking about which sources from your Annotated Bibliography will help you write each section. Then ask yourself, “Where are the gaps? What kind of information do I still need?” This assignment will help you most if you think about what you still need before you set out to find it. 

Each source should be listed as a hyperlink. Then, for each source, write a brief explanation (at least 100 words each) why you are adding that source to your list. Here are some questions to consider as you write your explanation: 

  • Why do you need this source? 
  • What information does it contain that you did not have before?
  • How does it build on information you already had?  
  • What section or portion of your document will it help you write? 
  • What specific part of source, or what specific information within the source, will you use? 
  • How will this source help you to achieve your rhetorical purpose?  


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