The Steps to Success
I. The Proposal
A. Select a topic and be sure there is enough information
available about that topic.
B. Write a paragraph explaining why you would like to research this topic.
C. Write ten questions you want to answer in the course of your research. (Do not write yes/no questions or questions that require only short answers. You will need enough information to write a lengthy research paper, so you need a lot of notes.)
D. On a separate sheet of paper titled "Works Cited" write, in MLA format, at least five sources you will use in your research. Use no more than one encyclopedia and at least one Internet source.
A. You will need 3"x5" source cards and
4"x6" note cards.
B. You must have at least _____source cards and at least _____ note cards.
C. Do not simply copy information onto the note cards. Paraphrase and summarize. If you want to include an especially good quote, use quotation marks properly.
D. Follow the instructions on the next two pages for source cards and note cards.
Organize your cards and create an outline. Hand it in.
IV. Rough Draft
Turn your outline into a written draft. Include
parenthetical documentation. Double space; this leaves room for editing and
V. Revision and
Read your own paper. Look for any mistakes in usage,
punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. Also examine your draft for necessary
changes in content or structure. Then have your parents and peers proofread the
paper. Talk to them about changes you need to make, and have them sign the form
indicating that your paper was proofread.
VI. Works Cited
Organize your sources. Follow the proper format for a Works
VII. FINAL PAPER
· Title Page -- Title of Paper, Name, Date, Period, (Centered)
· At least _____ examples of parenthetical documentation (MLA style)
· At least _____ words
· Works Cited page with at least five sources (no more than one encyclopedia and at least one electronic source