Research Paper

Your Research Paper: Choosing your Essay Topic and Evaluation Guidelines

Be sure to follow all the steps outlined below, as each one is assigned a point value. Failure to do so will result in a loss of points for your essay.

Step 1: Choose Your Essay Topic

Choose ONE of the essay topics below, and use it to work through the assignments. The approaches to the essay questions listed below are not written in stone, and you might find that some issues are more important than others, so use the descriptions of the essay topics as broad guidelines to help you think about the direction in which you want to take your paper.


Alternatives to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stage model of grieving has been extremely influential both in academic circles and with the public in general, but it has also been subject to much scrutiny and critique. Examine Kubler-Ross’s model, and describe how she came to develop it, the critiques of her model, and the alternatives that have been proposed by those who think her model needs to be modified or replaced with an alternative model. You should also include what you believe are the strengths and weaknesses of these various interpretations of the grieving process, and comment on those that you find convincing, if any.

Step 2: Bibliography and Paper Outline

Your outline should show how you will structure your essay, and what topics you will address. Your outline should include the following elements:

Introduction: Be sure to include a thesis statement outlining what you want to discuss, and what point or argument you would like to bring out in your paper.

The body of the paper: Marshal all your evidence based on your research in the body of your essay to systematically expand upon what you discussed in your introduction.

Conclusion: Tie up your essay by summarizing the point(s) you made in your paper.

Bibliography: Both your preliminary and final bibliography MUSTconform to the notes-bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for help with the citation format. Please note that marks will be deducted from your essay grade if you do not use the notes-bibliography style from the Chicago Manual of Style.



Step 3: Research Paper - Final Essay

Researching Your Term Paper

In the age of internet search engines and webpages, it is not surprising that many will resort to Google searches and Wikipedia to find information. While a keyword search on Google will produce thousands of results that can then be accessed with the mere click of a mouse, those results may not be always reliable, and might even be completely inaccurate. However, a well-constructed library search will narrow down your search to a set of manageable sources that are relevant to the topic on which you are working.

Another important skill any good researcher must learn to master is the art of proper documentation in the form of bibliographies and citations. The accurate documentation of your sources is an indication of your diligence in mastering the literature related to the topic on which you are working. Proper documentation also allows others to consult the very same sources to verify your information, or to search for additional information. Documenting your sources will also protect you from charges of plagiarism, which is a serious academic offence. 

Documentation can take the form of endnotes, footnotes, or in-text citations and bibliographies, and can be formatted in different ways depending on whether or not you are in the Sciences or the Humanities. The most frequently used citation formats are the MLA format developed by the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), the APA format developed by the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Chicago format developed by the University of Chicago.

For this research paper, you MUST use the Chicago Style for your bibliography and your citations. 

Task 3: Final Research Paper

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The final research paper should range between 4,000 and 5,000 words (16 to 20 double-spaced pages, not including cover page and bibliography) and must include

a statement of the problem you are investigating and the argument you are pursuing.

an indication of the theoretical approach you employ, along with definitions of key concepts.

an indication of how the interaction of biography and history is addressed in the paper.

a description of the case study under consideration (who, what, where, when).

an analysis resulting in findings or conclusions (why and how).

questions for further research.

bibliography of sources.

The final research essay should reflect the work done in the annotated bibliography (task 2). I will send an updated one if any revisions are made.

Task 1: Revised copy of the proposal is attached. Includes feedback.

Task 2: Still in progress
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