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Tracking Sheets 9 & 10

Ebook and a Theory source

Sources for TS 9 & 10

  • Read about each tracking sheet farther below:
  • TS 9 will be an ebook in EFSC databases and TS 10 will be a theory you will use for the MLA paper.
  • Download the Tracking sheet


  • To find an ebook about the broader them on the EFSC databases and to summarize notes about them in Tracking Sheet 9.
  • To select a theory, then read and write about that theory in Tracking Sheet 10.
  • To create a list of ten connections between the theory you choose and the subject (broader theme).

Tracking Sheet 9

  • Using EFSC databases, find an ebook about your broader theme.
  • And no, I don't expect you are going to read a whole book; there's no time left in the term.
  • For the citation information at the top of the tracking sheet, use this page ; Valencia does not have ebook citations yet.
  • Once you find an ebook, skim the table of contents or skim through the book and find a chapter or section that appeals to you.
  • The ebook must have been published in 2020 or the most recent publication to date.
  • In the MAIN CONTAINER section of the tracking sheet summarize the WHOLE book.
  • In the SECOND CONTAINER, discuss a specific chapter or section of that book.
  • Then, like with the other TSs, discuss how it helps your research and lead-in to a quoted passage.
  • Create one proof of the quoted passage
  • Submit email with two attachments: Tracking Sheet 9 and the Word document with the proof.

Tracking Sheet 10

Finding a theory source

  • This source will NOT be about your subject.
  • You and I will have a discussion to decide upon a theory.
  • This source can be from any of the following:
    • An authored article on a website, so fill out TS 10 as you did TS 1 & 2.
    • An EFSC database peer-reviewed article, so fill out TS 10 as you did TS 5-8.
    • An EFSC database ebook, so fill out TS 10 as you did TS 9.
  • You will need to send ONE proof of where you obtained the quote in the source.

Skim this section's bold areas, below, for a gloss overview,
then return to here and read through thoroughly

Choosing a theory: General Discussion of

  • TL;DR: Non-science research papers, such as we are writing, are not about your subject (the broader theme), they are really about the theory.
  • A research paper can be either applied or theoretical.
    • Applied research is lab work (think of hard-sciences) or polling/surveying people (such as Psychology and sociology). Applied research usually follows the same hypothesis, etc of a science fair project. Applied research seeks fact or truth. We are not doing applied research.
    • Theoretical research means attempting to understand some aspect of our world using a theoretical lens (a theory) to focus on a specific subject in a specific way to gain new insights and understandings.
  • We did theoretical research in the mini-research papers at the start of the term: applying a theory to a subject to narrow down the subject and see the subject in a specific way.
  • Theoretical papers help us gain meaning without judgement; if you want to judge something to gain meaning, write an essay.
  • Said another way, Applied research turns information about the world into verified knowledge that we can trust as accurate. Theoretical research enlarges meaning of fact and truth.
  • In theoretical research, the theory is the most important part, not the subject being studied.
  • Your MLA paper is really about the theory you choose to use, not the subject/scope you examine; that's the aim, to convey the theory to others. How you will convey that theory to others is by explaining that theory in a theory paragraph of the MLA paper and then using multiple examples from your subject/scope to help your reader understand that theory better.
  • If you keep in mind that the point of the MLA paper is to discuss the theory, you'll write a good research paper.
  • If you think the point of the paper is to write about the subject, you'll have an 8th grade book report.
  • If you want, you can read this article to learn more about "The Value of Theoretical Research and Applied Research"

What's the point?

  • Without peer review in industry, science, and academia, everyone would have to test every piece of information every day.
  • New headache medicine? better run the tests yourself because no one else would have.
  • Air bags work? Better hit something and test them, because no one else did.
  • Most of your day is surrounded by items, ideas, and objects that were tested by others to be efficacious or effective.

Why do I need to know this?

  • Most of the research papers you write throughout college will have a rubric that says you must use x number of peer reviewed articles.
  • If you have none in those papers, the paper will fail.
  • In your BA years, you will be reading peer-reviewed articles weekly for classes, because the newest peer reviewed articles are the most up-to-date useful information in any field of study, months if not years before that information makes it into a new volume of a textbook