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9.6: Research Paper Checklist

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    When you write an academic research paper, there are so many factors to keep in mind that it can become overwhelming. Often, students finish an assignment like this having overlooked an important requirement or two. This chapter closes with The Research Paper Checklist below, intended to help you double-check your paper before you make the final submission.

    Criterion Check if Completed
    Asserts a clear and interesting thesis that controls the entire essay
    Opens with an engaging and effective introduction, which provides background on the topic and writer’s position
    Is clearly and effectively organized
    Employs clear and engaging prose (prose that is not riddled with grammatical errors or awkward constructions)
    Provides transitions and explanations that help reveal relationships between ideas (develops coherence)
    Provides adequate evidence to prove the writer’s point (asserted by thesis)
    Effectively integrates outside sources, providing internal documentation according to appropriate documentation style
    Uses tag phrases (such as “according to Smith,” “Smith argues,” etc.) to indicate whose ideas are whose
    Incorporates minimal number of scholarly sources in the essay according to the professor’s instructions
    Avoids plagiarism by
    __indicating all quoted material (even short bits) with quotation marks and in-text source information and
    __providing in-text source information for all paraphrased and summarized material
    Wraps up with a conclusion that effectively reiterates the point and/or urges the reader to action or change of perspective
    In Works Cited section, lists only sources that are mentioned in the essay
    In Works Cited section, lists all sources that are mentioned in the essay
    Follows field-appropriate documentation guidelines for Works Cited entries

    This page titled 9.6: Research Paper Checklist is shared under a CC BY-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Tanya Long Bennett (GALILEO Open Learning Materials) .

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