SOSC 1950 RESEARCH PAPER
Due: March 31 2014
Pages: 12 to 15 (as a guideline)
Font: unspecified but times new roman 1012 point font size is the basic format used in
most papers so you may want to use that.
To get you motivated to write this research paper start by asking yourself: What is
something that I want to know about? What am I curious about? What do I want to spend
in terms of time and effort trying to learn? What do you want to know that contributes to
you and to your education?
You are to then define a problem, a subject, or question that falls into the parameter of
this course and write a research paper on it. It can be about something that has to do with
next. What is that thing is for you to decide. You can learn about something that matters
to you through this research paper such as politics, economics, climate, or pandemics.
In this class only, you can use the first person and not the third person where you can
imply that the professor is the sole reader of this research paper. (He'd prefer you stick to
the academic convention of using the third person but he will allow first person). Just
make sure to write about it from future tense and not past tense (so for example no
industrial revolution). Also, make sure to quote and reference, don't paraphrase.
In academic speak, thesis or hypothesis (call this the subject which is what) followed by
relevance (which is why) and end it with method (which is how).
The INTRO has THREE structures to it:
1. First part of the intro: THE WHAT
Provide a general intro down to a specific statement of what you're talking about in this
paper. So give a specific single allinclusive sentence that tells the professor what your
paper is about. For example: "This paper will address the issue of..." or "This paper will
2. Second part of the intro: THE WHY
In a paragraph or multiple paragraphs, explain why of all the things you could have
written/talked about you choose to write about this. Give reasons in a paragraph.