This writing assignment gives you an opportunity to
research a self-improvement subject
that you are interested in and write an essay that integrates
those sources into a coherent, organized, and well-developed 5-6
page paper. Examples
would include how yoga benefits mental and physical health, or
how exercise improves fitness and relieves depression, etc.
Be sure to include a Works Cited page.
Page requirement is for the paper only, not including the
Works Cited page. A
title page is not necessary.
Include at least 3 sources on the Works Cited page, and
at least 5 in-text citations.
See “Writing a Research Paper” in your Langan textbook
beginning pg. 413.
A Research Proposal is due the same day as the Library
tour. The Proposal
will consist of a research question or working thesis statement,
and a paragraph description of your topic.
OUTLINE AND ANNOTATED WORKS CITED
The next step is to create an outline of your research
paper and an Annotated Works Cited.
The Outline should include main topics and subheadings
(see Langan pg. 428-429), and the Annotated Works Cited should
include a Works Cited list of proposed sources with a brief
description of the content below each source.
steps for writing a research paper can be divided as follows:
Select a self-improvement topic that you
are interested in and can cover in some depth in 5-6 pages.
Establish a research question or a
Gather information on your topic.
Consider using books, journals, magazines, newspapers,
personal interviews, videos, etc.
Complete Research Proposal, Outline, and
Annotated Works Cited.
Organize the information on your topic
into subtopics. Be
sure to keep track of sources—make copies of the sources you
used and record necessary information in preparation for the
Works Cited page.
If needed revise your thesis—it should
present a perspective on your topic.
Write your paper using the process
drafting, revising, and editing. Consider using subheadings such
as introduction, definitions, history, analysis, social
Be sure to document your sources by using in-text citations and
a Works Cited page.
Bring 4 copies of your research paper to
the Workshop and submit your revision on the due date.
Be sure to upload your research paper to SafeAssign no
later than the due date.