Choose a problem plaguing the world today and then research the problem in order to determine possible solutions. 

The research paper consists of two parts:

Essay

Write research paper of 4000-5000 words that describes a problem and offers a specific solution (or solutions) to the problem.  Your paper must contain proper MLA parenthetical documentation and a Works Cited page (not included in the word range).  Papers must cite a minimum of twelve (12) sources.

Presentation

In addition to writing your research paper, you will be required to give a presentation on your topic. The presentation should be 5-10 minutes in length and should provide a brief synopsis of your thesis, problem, proposed solution(s), findings, and writing process.  It should also be accompanied by a PowerPoint/KeyNote presentation (or a visual component that provides evidence of equal or superior technological aptitude).  You will be required to wear a shirt and tie for the presentation.

There are couple steps involved in writing the research paper. Some of them are the same regardless of the documentation style you use.

The following steps apply to the composition of any research paper:

1. Select a Topic

2. Find Sources

3. List Sources

4. Take Notes

5. Refine Thesis & Outline

6. Write First Draft

Regardless of the documentation style you are using for your research paper, you will need to adhere to the rules of that style to avoid plagiarism.

7. Revise First Draft

8. Prepare references (MLA or APA)

9. Write Final Draft

10. Submit Requires Materials

Research paper guide

1. Find a topic. Make sure it is broad enough to “fill” the paper’s length requirements, but not so broad that you will be completely lost as to where to begin your research and how to organize it. For example, for a 5-7 page paper on the topic of “The Peanut Butter Sandwich” would be too narrow, but the topic of “All the Sandwiches of the World” might be too broad. You would want something in between, like “Five Unusual Sandwiches and their Origins.”

2. Perform preliminary research. This means a trip to the library to find out how much information is available on your topic. If there is only one book on your topic, you may need to change your topic. This is when you check out the books, photocopy articles and learn how to use the microfiche machine.

3. Preliminary Outline. This is just a rough plan of what subtopics you will discuss in your paper. It may take the form of questions that you want to “answer” with your research. It should provide a “point” for your paper or a thesis. For example: “Sandwiches are not as boring as one might think.”