Murrieta Mesa High School Research Paper Handbook
INDIRECT QUOTATION (A QUOTE WITHIN YOUR SOURCE, 2ND HAND QUOTE)
The first time the author is quoted (credibility included).
John Anderson, a writing professor at Harvard University, states that “writing research papers in high school is vital for success at the university level” (qtd. in Smith 15).
Person who said quote
Author of the source
John Anderson, a writing professor at Harvard University, did research in which he studied a group of high school students over five years and came to the conclusion that research papers in high school raise overall test scores (qtd. in Smith 15).
LONG QUOTES (4 LINES OR MORE):
John Anderson, a Harvard University professor, stated with great eloquence why refusing to complete the research paper would be devastating:
Intro = complete thought
Research papers are more than necessary for students to complete in each year of high school. It is a skill that will be required repeatedly in nearly every college class they will take. Students cannot survive in a college environment without a firm grasp of the research paper. One needs the skill to succeed. (41)
The following illustrates very clearly why refusing to complete the research paper would be devastating:
Research papers are more than necessary for students to complete in each year of high school. It is a skill that will be required repeatedly in nearly every college class they will take. Students cannot survive in a college environment without a firm grasp of the research paper. One needs the skill to succeed. (Wuchner 41)
No quotation marks and indent whole quote 1”
CHANGING DIRECT QUOTATIONS
Use an ellipses […] (brackets included) to indicate you left out part of the quote
It is interesting that “[…] the research paper is so important” (Wuchner 41).
Use brackets [ ] to change a word
“Before graduating high school, I had to complete a research paper.”
Wuchner stated that “before graduating high school, [he] had to complete a research paper” (12).
(Last Name Pg. #) - (Wuchner 27)
If no author:
(“First Few Words of Title…” Pg #) - (“The Senior Project…” 27)
If no page number: leave that part blank
(Wuchner) - (“The Senior Project is Fun…”)
Do not consciously transition in the closing sentence of a body paragraph.
Transition in the Topic sentence of the next paragraph.
Find a word, phrase, or idea in the closing sentence that you can also use in the topic sentence of the next paragraph to LINK the two together.
It is therefore surprising that young people often don’t know how the media is manipulating what they see. Transitional Link
This manipulation of body image gives people false perceptions of the human body, creating pathological thoughts of shame that can lead to self-destructive behaviors such as self-starvation.
Research Paper: Peer Editing Checklist
Use this checklist to help you determine if you are lacking any important parts or format requirements in your research paper. If you check “no” for ANY of the topics, you MUST provide a suggestion for improvement.
EAP Essay Scoring Rubric
Writing 1.0 Research and Technology
1.3: use clear research questions and suitable research methods (e.g. library, electronic media, personal interview) to elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources.
1.5: synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspective found in each medium (e.g. almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents).
1.6: integrate quotations and citations into a written text while maintaining the flow of ideas.
1.7: use appropriate conventions for documentation in the text, nbotes, and bibliographies by adhering to those in style manuals (e.g. Modern Language Association Handbook, The Chicago Manual of Style).
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