Conducting academic research using scholarly databases
The purpose of this course is to teach you to write a powerful academic essay that can be transferred to any class you take in the future, be it biology or business. By now you have learned not only conventions of good writing, but also how to research and support your ideas, and to present your ideas with confidence. This Research Paper will show any reader that you have mastered the art of composition and discourse in which you are asked to persuade or motivate an audience.
This essay will include:
• A thesis sentence that clearly states the purpose of the essay
• Body paragraphs with topic sentences supporting the thesis
• Evidence, details, and specifics in the body paragraphs to support the topic sentences
• Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion
• A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but reexamines it in light of the evidence provided
The research essay must be a minimum of 1000 words and contain two data charts. You will select your own topic and conduct your own research. All quotes, statistics, charts, and outside sources MUST be cited using correct MLA.
You will work on this paper in three steps:
1. In the first step you will research, collect, and cull data while vetting various sources.
2. In the second step you will write a draft of your essay, enrich it with style, and add depth through detail and description.
3. In the third and final step you will organize and structure an essay organization, finding and incorporating evidence, adding depth through description and details, and revising and proofreading.
Step 1: Data Vetting
You will show that you are capable of conducting academic research using scholarly databases, have the capacity to view an issue from multiple angles, can refute and/or respond to opposing views, and integrate and synthesize information for numerous sources. You will also be able to find and evaluate data from both scholarly databases and other reliable sources.
In this assignment you will use “Piktochart” to create a visual outline. In the PiktoChart, you will include:
• One (1) thesis statement,
• One (1) quote from an expert opinion,
• One (1) example,
• One (1) surprising statistic, and
• Two (2) data charts that you will incorporate into your essay.
Learners will be able to:
• use the reliable databases to gather and cull relevant sources to support your ideas
• discuss the implications of multiple opposing views on a topic
• vet your evidence
• add depth to your essays through detail, description, and data