Last Paper for Making a Scientific Revolution: Play to your strengths
-Due Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Email it to me: email@example.com.
- The body of the paper should be 6pp, double-spaced, normal font, etc. Use proper citations, of whatever style you prefer. All papers should have at least 3 solid sources listed at the end in a bibliography. Each of these sources should be annotated, meaning you should write a descriptive/evaluative sentence or two below each source in the source-list (a.k.a. bibliography) at the end of your paper.
- There are tons of sources on the Additional Materials Page. Use them if you want, or find your own. But find sources of a similar caliber. Don't use just internet sources. Get out of the house, or at least go browsing on JSTOR.
- Feel free to use images or other alternative media, but this paper should be "scholarly."
Things to note that I noticed from the last round of papers:
-Page numbers need to be included so that I could theoretically find the place in the source that you cite and for journal essays, the bibliographical entry should also include the entire page range.
-Web citations need to have all (or most) of the parts found in a journal or book citation, plus a URL. Failure to have at least author, title, publisher equivalent, and date will disqualify the web site from your 3-source minimum. If a web site doesn't have these, they are not serious about making their material credible. Remember, journal essays and most books are peer reviewed. Most newspapers and magazines have editors. But www.alchemysecrets.com is more likely to be a pot-head from Duluth trying to sell some salvia under the radar than an undiscovered Einstein with a solid, well researched theory. That being said, if you cannot find all the information to create a good citation, but you have a feeling that the information is good or the web site exemplifies some point you are making, explain that in both the body of your paper and in your annotation for that source. Make it clear that the source is under suspicion. You still can't count it as one of the 3-minimum sources, but at least you can use it.
-Transparency. If Josephine Smith wrote something in her essay from the Journal of Medieval Sciences that you find interesting, let the reader know that Josephine wrote it by saying so in the body of the paper. E.g. "J. Smith in her essay 'Big Implications from Small Matters' from 1986, suggests that all elemental substances share the common trait of substantiveness." Don't present such information as truth from on high and then make a cryptic citation for it. Let it be know that J. Smith had the idea. You both give credit to the author, and you distance yourself from an idea that you may or may not agree with.
-Some of you might be writing non-traditional essays in the form of a story or a play or whatever. Please soup up these forms with standard scholarly equipment. I suggest using footnotes with your comments and citations so as not to disturb the flow in the body of your essay.
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