COM 200 Writing to Communicate
Notes on Assignment problems for short, one page papers.
· AVOID FIRST PERSON, personal perspectives, opinions, anecdotes, etc.
· ONE PAGE: to the point: what, why, how.
· EXPLAIN ALL TERMS: explicate codes and research specific language.
· AVOID METHOD: no statisitics.
· ATTRIBUTION: precision language, i.e. do not write "the article said . . . " A journal article is the medium used by a person.
· Use the author(s) name(s), not titles of the article.
· CREATE SECTIONS WITH TITLES.
· RESEARCH DOES NOT PROVIDE "PROOF".
- All papers are structured as formal papers according to MLA style guide.
- Papers #1,#2, and #3 are one page summaries of scholarly research paper from peer-reviewed journals.
- The proposal is a formal, one page paper just like the three review papers. The introduction provides the reader with the focus of the paper. The body of the proposal explains the existing research from three peer-reviewed journal articles, and the various perspective or conclusions that the researchers provide about the focus of study. The conclusion suggests what will be accomplished in the final paper considering the nature of the focus of the study or problem and the results of the available research.
- Organization: use an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The introduction explains the focus of the paper. The body provides evidence from peer reviewed original research that addresses the problems or questions raised in the introduction. The conclusion summarizes the logic of evidence and meanings related to the stated problems or questions.
- Get to the point. An introduction may be as short as two sentences. The first sentence articulates a problem to be solved or a question to be answered. The second sentence suggests that some researchers have explored the problem and their studies indicate some understanding of the problem/question. The body provides evidence from the research. The conclusion draws inferences indicated by the results of the research. Do not state beliefs or opinions.
- Do not use research article titles in the text. They just fill up space.
- Do not use long quotes (more than 3 lines of text).
- Avoid using quotes already quoted in the articles you read that necessitate using a "quoted in" citation. For example, (qtd in Miller 22).
- Do not express opinions or beliefs. You can, however, draw conclusions in the final section of the paper based upon evidence established through research articles.
- Cite all sources of facts and information.
- Avoid generalizations and clichés that just fill space with things that are commonly known, i.e. "communication is important," or "todays youth
- MLA: author in the sentence/author not mentioned.
- MLA vs APA: different title, in line and works cited formats.