Due Dates --  Major Research Essay



October 16:  E-mail me your topic.


October 21:  List of sources (Works Cited Form – mainly author/title at this point)


October 23:  Outline (see below for info on outline)


October 28:  Annotated bibliography


November 4:  Rough draft (typed, formatted properly, incl sources, works cited)


November 13:  Final – include (stapled) cover sheet, outline, parenthetical notes, works cited, annotated bibliography.  MLA style.  (In pocketed folder, include rough draft(s), copies of source material*).


*Copies of source material:  copy the pages where source material found (example – book, don’t copy whole damn book, just copy the pages where you get your quotes, paraphrases), and highlight the exact quote you are using or the quote on which you base your paraphrase.  For Internet material, make sure the page includes the url and other pertinent info. 


Outline:  An outline includes the thesis statement, main ideas for each paragraph, subtopics for each paragraph.  Must be written in complete sentences.




(Name, title etc. at top)

Thesis:   The allied coalition forces didn’t use enough troops in the 2003 war in Iraq.


I.                    Introduction:  As preparations for the 2003 war in Iraq developed, a debate was taking place about the number of troops needed to fight the war.

a.       One argument stated that we needed more than 300,000 troops to win the war and maintain security in post-war Iraq.  The prevailing view, however, was that fewer troops were needed. 

b.      Part of the reason for using fewer troops was to contain costs and block opposition to the war based on costs.

II.                 Many military officials argued for using more troops.

a.       Donald Rumsfeld not only argued for the lower troop number, but squelched the argument for the higher number.

b.      General Shenseki, chief of staff for the U.S. Army, argued for the higher troop number.  (and so forth  -- uses this model for the outline except double space.)