In this assignment, I will be looking for your ability 1) to clearly and concisely summarize your sources
without plagiarizing, 2) to make quotation sandwiches, 3) to cite your sources within the text in parentheses
and in your Works Cited list in correct MLA format, 4) to synthesize your sources to answer your research
question, and 5) to explain why your topic is relevant for readers today.
Write up your research findings and explain how they answer your research question. If you were unable to
answer your question, you can either explain why (answer was not available; experts disagree; etc.) or you
can revise your research question to fit the information you found. A good research question is something
that was not already known and requires research to answer: a fact you can google is not the subject of a
good research question
Must come from credible sources.
Prof’s feedback on Research Proposal attached:
You have a topic and roadmap for what you plan to write, and you have explained the significance of your
topic (which by the way, there were record-breaking high temperatures in Sydney just today.) You have
explained some background information about the historical event you plan to write about. Support: What
you don’t have yet are any secondary academic sources. Remember that reference books and
encyclopedias are tertiary sources. They are good for background reading, but they rarely offer anything
other than common knowledge about our topic: things anyone could find by googling rather than looking at
the academic research that has been produced. Have you tried looking in the PVCC databases EBSCO,
Academic Complete, or JSTOR? Click to the Advanced Search page and check the boxes that say “fulltext” and “peer reviewed scholarly journals.” Then put in some boolean search terms like Australia and
1851 and fires. Organization: You have bits of an introduction and a conclusion but no meat in the
sandwich. Transitions are at the end of paragraphs rather than the beginning. It’s not clear how events and
ideas are related to each other, especially since they are presented out of chronological order. Idea
Development: It’s hard to write an introduction and a conclusion before you have done your academic
research because you have to guess what you are going to find rather than summarize what you did find.
(That’s why we have waited to talk about introductions and conclusions until after your research was
supposed to have been finished.) Grammar: Make sure subjects and verbs agree in number.