Notes for Project I - English 101: ACADEMIC WRITING & RESEARCH
Just some things that have come up regarding Project I, which are probably useful for all of you:

(1) Project I should have a Works Cited page. You will need to provide a bibliographic entry for your article, since you are directly quoting/paraphrasing/summarizing from it. You may have more than one entry -- for example, if you provide background information, you will need to cite where you found your statistics/facts/quotes.

(2) You must provide in-text (or in-line) citations for all of the information which you summarize and paraphrase as well as the information which you directly quote. Since you are presenting the author's ideas and not your own, it is essential that you properly cite this information. Otherwise it is plagiarism, however unintentional it may be!!

(3) In your introduction, you should provide some brief background about  your author. You do not have to do an extensive internet search. When a person has an article accepted for publication, they are almost always required to submit a brief bio about themselves, one which explains why they are deemed qualified to speak/write as an expert on their topic. The bio normally includes where they work, where they went to school, what their degree is in; this helps separate them from Joe Smith off-the-street who is just rambling his opinions away on his blog. The bio is normally found on either the first or last page of the article. You should attempt to integrate this information as neatly as you can, making sure it connects to the introductory strategy you choose to use.

(4) Remember that the thesis statement for Project I is a statement or idea, not a persuasive argument or a stance. While you may disagree with your author in your response (in essence, arguing with them), you are not making an overall argument (for example, trying to persuade your audience that the symbols, allusions, and metaphors in The Scarlet Letter all underscore the theme of adultery.)

An "argumentative" thesis statement can be argued with -- someone can disagree with you and offer up their own argument or opinion instead (for example, that the symbols, allusions and metaphors in The Scarlet Letter underscore the theme of religion). Project I asks  you to be neutral and objective, to report your author's argument as fairly as possible. Your response merely responds to this argument.

(5) My office hours are 10-11, MTRF and also by appointment. If you'd like to meet to discuss your paper, please feel free to email me and set up a time. (Please do not just email me your paper and ask me to read it and give you feedback. This is not as helpful as meeting one-on-one and discussing your paper in person!)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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