Academic Research project

The Process

  • This project will take 10 steps to build.
  • See the main page for suggested due dates
  • Each number below corresponds with a weekly level from the main page
  1. Decide upon a person/subject
    • Choose a person from your specific field who significantly contributed to that field.
    • Your semester of research will be on that person, their specific subject study/studies, and how that person/subject connects to a wider field of science/life.
    • Example of research subject:
    • (The person) Tim Berners-Lee invented (the subject) the world wide web and influenced (the scientific field) computer technology.
    • I must approve of your person/subject.
    • Be prepared to give me a two minute pitch on who that person is/was and how that person contributed before I approve.
    • For the rest of the term, the word SUBJECT refers to the person AND their contribution AND the field of science/life.
    • Do not use sources that only discuss the field of science/life; the person, or that person's direct contribution, must be discussed in the source.
  2. Three Popular Pieces
    • Three 100-word annotated bibliography entries
    • Must be from popular magazine/website articles.
    • Articles must discuss your person/subject.
    • Articles MUST HAVE full names for the authors.
    • Articles must be 2015 or newer.
  3. Three Non-profit/gov't Sources
    • Three 100-word annotated bibliography entries
    • Must be from non-profit or government websites that address your subject in some way.
    • Articles/webpages must discuss your person/subject.
    • Articles/webpages might not have author names; many don't. The ethos of the article/webpage is from the organization, not from specific people.
    • No date limit
  4. Two Ebooks/books
    • Two 100-word annotated bibliography entries
    • Must be from a book or ebook.
    • Must be from a reputable publisher (a librarian can help you with that).
    • Ebooks or books must be 2010 or newer.
  5. Two Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
    • Two 100-word annotated bibliography entries
    • Must be from peer reviewed articles that discuss your subject.
    • The articles must be full-text accessible through our EFSC databases.
    • Articles must be 2015 or newer.
  6. Two More Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
    • Two 100-word annotated bibliography entries
    • Must be from peer reviewed articles that discuss your subject.
    • The articles must be full-text accessible through our EFSC databases.
    • Articles must be 2015 or newer.
  7. Documentary, Film, TV show.
    • One 100-word annotated bibliography entry
    • Must be from a documentary, film, or tv show that touches on your subject (fictionalized or non-fictional).
    • No date limit
  8. Write a literature review of your sources by identifying unique aspects of each source and grouping those together in a discussion.
  9. Powerpoint must be reviewed.
  10. Present a Powerpoint on your Literature Review.

The Annotated Bibliography Entries

  • Watch this video on how to write each entry.
  • Entries must follow proper formatting
    • Double Spacing
    • Times New Roman
    • 12 point
    • Use an APA Title page for each set of AB Entries every week.
    • Include title page as page count, but (despite what Purdue shows) DO NOT put a page number on the title page.
    • I will be checking your digital Word document to make sure you used ONE document and learned how to paginate different sections
  • Use present tense
    • Use present tense for what the article covers but past tense for historical discussions
    • YES: Present tense: Smith's article explains how Vikings sailed longboats...
    • NO: Past tense: Smith's work explained how Vikings sailed longboats...
  • DO NOT use first person
  • DO NOT use any variation of the word you
  • List the entries for the week alphabetically
  • Print a proof of your APA citation

Literature Review

  • See this example
  • Follow the formatting guidelines for the AB
  • You will need at least three sub-sections of your subject
  • Each subsection should have at least two (nearly half page per each) paragraphs.
  • Cover all ten Annotated Bibliography sources.
  • EVERY paragraph needs to cover at least two source of your AB sources, either as comparison or as contrast.
  • If any of your ten sources stand alone and have no connection to other AB sources, you'll have to FIND MORE sources to fulfil the Literature Review requirements.

The Powerpoint & Presentation

  • To pass your presentation you also must be present for 75% of the total number of other students' presentations.
  • The presentation will be structured similar to your Literature Review
  • Follow these these guidelines for the Powerpoint