Term Paper 1
GUIDELINES/SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PAPER
Investigate the topic. Use on-line resources, articles and/or books, etc., for background research. Don't just report. Discuss pros and cons. Evaluate. Use your own words. Quote where appropriate. Give citations for facts and quotes. Discuss how your topic relates to material covered in the text and/or in class discussions. Differentiate between ethical and legal issues where appropriate.
The paper should be approximately 3000-4000 words (roughly 6-8 pages with the format provided). Note that references, tables, and figures do not count toward the word requirement. You should have at least 8 references from reputable sources (e.g. journals, conferences, technical reports, government reports). You should not have more than a couple of web sources.
OUTLINE FOR THE PAPER (ROUGHLY)
Use information from your research (e.g. on-line / library / research papers) in the appropriate place(s) within your paper. Any on-line references should be from reputable sources. The project is to be done during this course. Do not turn in a paper done earlier for another course or for your job.
REMINDERS AND WARNINGS
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR TOPIC DESCRIPTION
Include a title and one or two paragraphs describing what you plan to do. Tell what research you plan to conduct (be specific if you can). Include at least one good reference you plan to use.
There will be a limit on the number of students doing any single topic, so it will be good to have a second topic in mind in case you choose one that too many others have chosen.
You must use the template INFM171 Template.doc provided. References should use the APA citation style (typically can copy and paste from research database).
The paper will be graded 0-100. Grading criteria include: background or history, presentation of issues and various points of view, interview or other activity, quality of argument and analysis (principles, examples, counterexamples), structure/organisation, clarity of writing, sufficient references, sufficient length, and originality. You should define terms where necessary. Be sure to read and edit your final copy before handing it in.
REFERENCE INFORMATION ON RESEARCH
Library INFM 171 Course Website:
Research Librarian Point of Contact
Technology Integration and Web Services Librarian
University of Montevallo
HARBERT WRITING CENTER
Opens Fall semester on August 27th at 9:00am. Free writing service located in Comer Hall, room 311