• April 13th, 2016

Research Paper, Computer sciences and Information technology

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Description and Rationale:
Very rarely in your career will you write long research papers. In this course

Students will spend the semester working on a research report on any topic of interest to them. You may use the same topic as your annotated bibliography, but this is much different from the annotated bibliography. This is a synthesis of all the materials youve found, so it is different than the summary/evaluation style of the annotated bibliography. You are trying to make a case, tell a story, prove something, etc.

Throughout the semester, each student should be finding, analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting information about this topic. Toward the end of the semester, students will turn in a 5-page (not including references or any title page) report utilizing the skills of information literacy learned in the class.

This is intended to be similar to a report that you might be asked to complete in your chosen career. As such, you will be asked to also turn in a presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc.) with 7-8 slides that accompanies the paper as if you were presenting it to a committee. This will give you practice with, not only research, but communicating this researchwhich is a crucial component of information literacy.

Structure (what you will turn in)
In your paper, include the following:
Introduction (1/2 page)
What is your one Research Question?
Set up the Research Question. Why is it important? Why should anyone care? Sell me on reading the rest of the paper. This is the so what of your paper.
Information Finding Methods (1/2 page)
How did you go about finding sources for this paper? Where did you look for information?
What makes these sources valid and reliable/trustworthy?
Body of Paper (3 pages)
List out the main themes/categories/topics that help you provide an answer to your Research Question. Relate every category to this question.
Fill each category with arguments supported by your information sources. This is similar to a typical research paper.
Conclusion and Recommendations (1 page)
Reiterate what you said you were going to do and how you did it.
Restate the main findings of your paper.
Depending on the purpose of your report, provide suggestions for what people should do about the topic, what other research needs to be done, what things do we do not know yet, etc.
Works Cited
Citations in APA format, with a minimum of 7 quality information sources (not included as part of the 5-page requirement)
In your Report, remember to:
Follow APA style and cite your sources at the end and parenthetically. When it doubt, cite.
Use 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double spaced.
Come up with a clear title that indicates what the paper is about.
Relate everything back to your main research question. Every part of your paper should help you answer this question.

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