4.20 – Research Memo due

We will not meet as a class today, but your research memo for the second essay must be emailed to me by 10 AM today.

 

Assignment #7Memo for Second Research Essay – due April 20 – 4% of final grade

 

The second research essay will focus on some aspect of present-day slavery. For this memo, write a proposal describing the subject you will examine in the essay. Your memo should address these points:

 

[1] A general statement of your topic and a summary of the issue.

 

An example -> “Child soldiers in Central Africa” “News reports have estimated that in the past two decades, over ______ children, some as young as 7 or 8, have been enslaved by militias fighting wars in Central Africa. The use of child soldiers is one of the most disturbing examples of modern day slavery. The issue has received relatively little attention from the international community. My essay will describe the extent and major aspects of the problem and then examine what international NGOs have done to help combat the enslavement of children and how effective those efforts have been.”

 

Your topic should be relatively specific. Rather than examining something as broad as “Forced Labor in North America” or “Sex Trafficking in Europe,” consider focusing on those issues in the context of a single country or city or industry. You could examine something such as “Slavery and Environmental Degradation in Brazil.”

 

[2] The specific research question(s) you will answer in the essay.

 

E.g. -> “What have international NGOs done to help prevent the enslavement of child soldiers in Central Africa, and how effective have those efforts been?” or “How does forced labor in Brazil contribute to environmental degradation?”

 

Once you have decided, in consultation with me, which general subject to address and what specific question to answer, you will complete a research memo that consists of the primary and secondary sources you will use to write your essay. The memo must include:

 

-10 secondary sources. At least 3 must be books. These should be scholarly sources which possess credibility. You must find them via academic institutions and scholarly organizations/publications. Provide a full citation for each source indicating the source’s author, title, date of publication, and web address (if you found it online).

 

-10 primary sources. All must be sources from the time period about which you are writing. You must find them via academic institutions, scholarly organizations, government agencies, news publications, or anti-slavery organizations. Provide a full citation for each source indicating the source’s author, title, date of publication, and web address (if you found it online).

 

-After each secondary source and each primary source, write 2 to 3 sentences explaining how it will help you address your essay topic.

 

-Email me an electronic copy of the memo by 10 AM on Thursday April 20. I will send you a confirmation email by 10:15. If you do not receive a confirmation email, I have not received your memo, and you will receive a zero on the assignment.

 

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Assignment #8Second Research Essay – May 1 – 22% of final grade

 

For the second research essay, you will:

 

-Write at least eight full pages of text, and no more than ten pages, addressing the essay prompt you have chosen in consultation with me. The page requirement includes footnotes.

-Double-space the body of the essay, single space the footnotes. The font should be 12 point. The margins should be one inch on each side. You may include a title page, but you do not have to.
-Review the Hamilton College Guide, the Elements of Style, notes from our class discussion, your writing exam, and writing requirements stated in the syllabus. Follow those guidelines for what you should (and should not) do in an essay.
-Your essay should include an introductory paragraph that includes a thesis statement (your answer to the research question you chose) and a ‘road map’ identifying the major points your essay makes in support of your thesis.
-Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence that accurately describes the content of the sentences in the paragraph.

-Each paragraph should focus on one major subject. If a sentence in the paragraph represents a change in subject matter from the rest of the paragraph, move it to somewhere else in the essay.
-Your essay should have very few writing errors. For any page that contains more than three writing errors, typos, etc., your essay grade will be reduced by 1/3rd of a letter grade.
-Avoid freestanding quotations. Be wary of quoting more than two sentences at a time.
-Write concisely. You can still write long sentences, but be sure that each word in the sentence has a purpose.
-Be sure that your thesis and the majority of the essay answer your research question.
-Include a bibliography. It must include 7 secondary sources. At least 3 must be books, while the remainder should be articles from academic journals or essays from academic institutions or scholarly organizations. The essay must also include 7 primary sources. All primary must be sources from the time period about which you are writing. You must find them via academic institutions or scholarly organizations. Provide a full citation for each source indicating the source’s author, title, date of publication, and web address (if you found it online). If you do not include a bibliography, your grade will be reduced by 1/3rd of a letter grade.

-Place your citations in footnotes. Do not use in-text citations. In the footnote, include the author of the source, the title of the source, the year the source was published, and the web address where you found the source (if you found it online).
-The essay is worth 22% of your final grade.

-You must email me a copy of the essay by 10 AM on May 1. After I have received your essay, I will send you a confirmation email no later than 10:15 on May 1. If you do not receive a confirmation email from me, it means that I have not received your essay and your assignment is late.

-Bring a printed copy of the essay to class on May 2. The copy must be identical to the electronic version you submitted on May 1.

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