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					Brick by Brick III:
Live Free or Write
       Hard
           The Research Paper:
                  Stage I
 A presentation by Instructor Aaron Roston
        Tennessee State University
The College-Level Research
          Paper:
       What is it?
 A method of proving a thesis
    factually, using outside
  sources instead of personal
          experience.

So, how does one pick a topic?
             Brainstorm!
                   Listing:
   Write down a general topic and under it list
  everything you can associate with this topic.

                 Clustering:
 Use a graphic organizer to help you visualize
                  your ideas.

                  Research:
Go to outside sources for information you need.

   You need to narrow the topic as much as
                   possible!
Clustering:
             First Brick:
Initial research: Search on the web –
search by subject on both Google and
Wikipedia

Browse the online catalog at the TSU
library link – search by subject

Browse the periodicals you like to read.

Now: What are you going to
compare/contrast? Soul and gangsta rap.
How? Use a Venn Diagram.
              Venn Diagram
• Generate 3 points of comparison.

           Soul          Gangsta rap
 Compare/Contrast Thesis Statement
• Your thesis statement should indicate that a contrast
  of two things or ideas is to follow.
• These types of transitional expressions should be
  used: although, be that as it may, however, in
  contrast, nevertheless, on the contrary, on the other
  hand, whereas, yet, but, conversely, unlike
• Ex: Although I took classes on campus at the same
  college last year, my experiences in the traditional
  classroom and in the virtual classroom have been
  vastly different.
               USE AN OUTLINE!
• This is located under the “Research Paper” tab.

• It is in the A – B, A - B format.

• Provide 3 sources you plan on using for your specific
  support (NOT Wikipedia or Google). They cannot all
  be websites; you must have at least one periodical.

• Now you can write your abstract.
              Second Brick:
    Abstract: A 1 paragraph essay that
    describes your paper.
•   Brief motivator
•   Thesis
•   3 methods of comparison, 1 piece of
    support for each (does not need to
    be cited yet)
•   Conclusion: What did this comparison
    prove?
         Abstract Sample: First Draft
•   First, your MLA header, with page number
•   Then:
        As a musician, I love both soul and gangsta rap, but
    they are very different musical expressions. The
    influences of soul are gospel and R&B, and therefore
    soul is much more upbeat and joyful, with harmonious
    singing. The influences of gangsta rap are hard rock,
    funk, and techno. The rapper doesn’t sing: he chants
    angrily against a driving wall of samples. The themes of
    soul music are much more optimistic, dealing with the
    hope of change in the Civil Rights era; hip-hop deals
    with gang and drug violence. The subjects of soul are
    positive, such as love and affirmation of the spirit;
    gangsta rap deals with the crime and seemingly hopeless
    poverty of the inner-city. While I love both forms of
    music, and both of them “tell it like it is,” gangsta
    rap is far more negative. I find that I prefer soul
    music, because it is more of a reflection of who I am.
          Deadline:
     STAGE I IS DUE ONE WEEK FROM TODAY:
                 MONDAY/TUESDAY
 IT MUST BE TYPED IN MLA FORMAT (EXCEPT FOR
  THE OUTLINE AND VENN DIAGRAM, WHICH CAN BE
                   DONE IN PEN).

Staple in this order: ABstracT, outline, venn
                   diagram

This stage is worth points and is not
  optional! You cannot write the research
  paper without topic and thesis approval!

                 Good luck!

				
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