Black Lives Matter
Ill attach my annotated bibliography and my literature review. Please follow instructions clearly. Length, etc.: at least 2000 words, Double-Spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, MLA format (feel free to number and label each section like I’ve done below) Title of Research Paper: [come up with an appropriate, clear and concise title] I. Introduction (1-2 paragraphs) The main purpose of your introduction is to tell the reader 1) the topic of your paper and 2) what you’ll be arguing about that topic. Thus, your introduction consists mostly of 1) general information about your topic and 2) your thesis statement (the specific argument you will be developing). These must be made perfectly clear to the reader. The reader must know exactly what your research paper is about, and what exactly you will be arguing in it. REMEMBER: your thesis statement is, essentially, a short answer to your research question. Thesis statements are 1-3 sentences long, typically, sometimes composing an entire (very) short paragraph. (This–your thesis–is the same type of “answer” that you practiced developing in Short Paper 1 and 2.) Sometimes, a definition of your topic (or key concept) is a good way to start, and could be your first paragraph, which is then followed by a second paragraph that tells the reader what you will be arguing about that topic. Other times, you might identify the debate you’re entering, then explain briefly where you stand in that debate. Quoting relevant material is fine here, if it helps you accomplish these things. When writing your thesis statement (or short answer to your research question), it is perfectly fine to say: In this paper, I will argue that ______________. Your introduction will typically end with your thesis statement. II. Literature Review (4-5 paragraphs) This is where you synthesize sources in order to show your awareness of the ongoing conversation about your topic/issue. For this section of your research paper, you will copy, paste, and edit your Literature Review/Synthesis of Sources position paper. USE AT LEAST 8 SOURCES IN THIS SECTION. Be sure to summarize and quote or paraphrase from at least two sources in each of these paragraphs, using in-text citations (author’s last name or title of source and page number if available) when you quote or paraphrase. Don’t spend too much time summarizing your sources, just include the main points of each source, or the most relevant information from them. So, if your summaries are quite long, trim them down a bit as you edit this part. Always let the reader know exactly who and what you are quoting: the author and/or title of the source you are quoting from. (Don’t call authors by their first names only. Use their full names the first time you mention them, then call them only by their last names afterwards.) III. Your Own Argument (3-5 paragraphs) [If you divide and label each section of your research paper, just label this one “III. Argument.”] This is where you develop your thesis statement (or your answer to your research question), or your own point of view, and, therefore, contribute to the conversation you have identified in your previous section. Use the “Outlining Your Own Argument” handout to help you structure this section. USE AT LEAST 3 SOURCES IN THIS SECTION (sources you agree with, disagree with–in other words, sources that help you make your points/develop your argument. You may “use” sources from the previous section, but don’t quote the exact same quote–either quote a new quote, or just refer back to the author instead of the same quote. ) Each paragraph should begin with a sentence that is the main point of that paragraph (a “topic sentence” or “point sentence”), which is a statement that you spend the rest of that paragraph developing/explaining. After you’ve written each of these paragraphs, look back at your first sentence or two and make sure it/they state the main point of that paragraph. These sentences are revised versions of your “BECAUSE” statements from your “Outlining Your argument” handout (see attached). Essentially, for each of these paragraphs, you should develop a specific reason why you believe your thesis statement is “true.” Be sure to provide EVIDENCE to back up your opinions here—evidence from your research that usually takes the form of quotes from sources that help support your argument/opinion. The most effective quotes to use in these paragraphs are data, facts, statistics, and/or other people’s arguments that seem agree with your own. And be sure to include in-text citations when you refer to sources here. IV. Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs) This is where you explain why the reader should care about the points you’ve made. Answer the “So what? Who should care and why?” questions. Bring the reader back out to the “big picture.” What are the big picture implications of your argument? Why does it matter in the grand scheme of things? [Refer to the “Research Paper Templates” handout I gave you to help you start/structure the sentences for your conclusion.] Be bold in your conclusion. End big. Wow the reader. Get in their face and tell them THIS IS WHY MY ARGUMENT MATTERS! Just don’t be rude about it. V. Works Cited Page On a new page after your conclusion, include a works cited page in MLA format, just like you did in that previous position paper where you were supposed to list your sources. Be sure to add any new sources you’ve found since then and delete any sources you did not end up using in your final paper. Remember to list them in alphabetical order by authors’ last names or, if no author, then the first letter of the title of the source.