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Locate books, periodicals, television references, web sites,
and human resources which might help you learn more about your
subject. READ about your topic before attempting to design
an experiment. Write out bibliographic references in standard
form for all resources used.
See the end of this page for standard bibliographic format. Before
turning in this part of the assignment organize all references
in alphabetical order by last name of authors. All references
with NO authors follow the alphabetized references with authors.
Those references without authors are alphabetized by the first
letter of the first word in their titles. TV programs and interviewed
consultants are listed last.
THE FINAL WRITTEN RESEARCH PAPER
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS FORMAT!
USE YOUR CARDS!!
Once a topic has been approved, the student may start researching
their topic. A thorough understanding, thus serious research,
is crucial to the success of the project. Often, through research,
a student will develop their question even more and the project
will get better and better. Before beginning the paper, students
will spend over 2 weeks recording their research on note cards
and creating a bibliography. There are 5 parts to the research
paper, along with a few essential rules.
RESEARCH PAPER PARTS: Brief summary
Introduction (minimum 1/2, maximum
A description of the problem being investigated;
NOT a question. State how (not why) the experimenter (you!) selected
Research in This Field Tie to Your Hypothesis
previous experiments) 3-4 pages
What has been done by others in
this field, or on related topics? This section should cite specific
experiments, 3 or 4 that you have read about. For each include
a short 3-4 sentence summary indicating what was done (the problem),
what they found out (result, conclusion), and who did it. This
section is ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT and will be 50% of your paper.
Tie this previous research in with your
project and tell how it led to or influenced your hypothesis.
Your Hypothesis: a
quantative presentation of what you hope
to discover based on your research. 1/2 page.
and Resources: 1-2 pages
Write a synopsis of your experiment
- NOT numbered procedures, but a one paragraph summary or general
view of what you will do, or what you might tell a friend about
how you were going to conduct your experiment, but in more formal
language. Describe the techniques that must be mastered in order
for you to conduct this experiment, and a discussion of the resources
and assistance that might be required.
Knowledge: 1-2 pages
should include core scientific information that you need as background
to understand the specific research papers and technical information
that you used in planning and conducting your experiment.
Summary of key points
that were made in above sections, NOT in same words. Include
relevance, key research leading to hypothesis and an ending or
2 books must be used and
1 mentor (other than a parent)- find someone/ an adult who knows A LOT about
your topic and have a conversation with them.
ASK THEM GOOD QUESTIONS.
* No “I”s
or “you”s - write from the
* Minimum of 5 pages of solid information, well written,
in student's own words; you must know and understand what you
are talking about.
* 12 point, Double spaced, Time Roman type font. Upper & lower case
•One inch margins
* EDIT, EDIT, and EDIT (no spelling mistakes!)
* USE YOUR NOTES & CARDS!!
* Cite references (footnotes) for all specific
information & facts that
are not common knowledge, for all quotations, and for all research results (a
mininimumof 3 max of 9)
•Include numbered bibliography for all references used and cited; Place
them in ALPHABETICAL ORDER!!
No more than ONE encyclopedia article (that includes WIKIPEDIA / ASK etc type
of web site, include periodicals; include recent resources (last 5 years)