Analytical Research Project Paper on the Status of Women in the United States Students will choose one sector of society – the economy, the law, socialization into sex/gender roles, media representation of sex/gender, religion, or academia and through library research and qualitative interviews (minimum of 5 legitimate sources), will ANALYZE the status of women in the United States in the sector of society they have chosen to research. This research paper is due at the end of the term (see reading schedule) and will be graded on comprehensive depth, analysis, and writing quality (including grammar, spelling punctuation 5 page minimum (10 page maximum) double spaced 1″ margins on all sides size 11 or 12 font proper APA citation and works cited page with 4 or more legitimate references proper spelling and grammar
Your final paper should be 5 to 10 pages in length. • It should be double-spaced and have 1″ margins on all 4 sides. • It should be typed in a normal 12 point font (Calibri, Garamond, Times New Roman). • No cover sheet. • Your Works Cited (reference) page(s) should be the last page of your document – NOT a separate document. • Cite all of your sources using either APA or MLA format. Use proper APA or MLA format for web sources, and interview sources, as well as print sources (guides are available online through the library site). • You should have 5 sources for your literature review and, if you are using interviews, there should be 2 or 3 informants to cite. OUTLINE 1. TITLE 2. Author (Your Name) 3. Abstract a. Write this after you write your conclusion, then paste at the front of the paper. In one short paragraph an abstract should say what your research question was, what your method was, and what you found. b. It should be single space (the only single spaced section, the rest is double spaced) and i. indented from the body of the text 1/2 inch (0.5″) on both the left hand and the right hand sides. 4. Introductory Paragraph a. tells about your topic and the main research question you asked 5. Statement of Your Standpoint a. who you are in the field, how you are positioned to this topic (for instance, if your paper is about football players – Do you play? Are your friends on the team? (etc.) Are you completely unathletic and your interest is more in how playing sports affects intimate partner relationships than you are in any particular sport?
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6. Methods a. Tell your reader how you went about gathering data. i. Did you run an online survey on your social media? ii. Did you interview two or three people connected to your topics (say: football players about how they think being on a team affects their dating relationships)? iii. Did you join a community and write up a lot of fieldnotes at home, after events, to gather observations (participant observation)? iv. Did you heavily research a topic by copiously reading source documents in a research library collection? 7. Literature Review [One set of data] a. Look for academic journal articles or academic books on your topic. Look for other legitimate sources as well. Find at least 3 legitimate sources (government websites are good, respected organizations are good, etc.). [Simple blog posts are not sufficient for our purposes.] i. Read. Then write a summary of what you found “in the literature” on your topic. (Maybe you found journal articles in the Journal of Sports Psychology on rates of [and/or reasons for] divorce for pro sports players. . . .) b. Summarize one source per paragraph, making your literature review at least 3 full paragraphs long (it can be 3 pages if necessary). i. Restate in your own words what these other studies found. You are assuming your reader (me) doesn’t know and telling your reader what the literature says [your findings may not be the same]. 8. Findings a. These are your findings – the data you collected. This is where you tell your reader what you found in your interviews or surveys or participant observation or exploration of historical source documents. . . . b. This section should be the largest part of the document and take a number of pages. c. COMPARE AND CONTRAST what your interview informants or survey respondents (etc.) said. i. Did you gain any insights into your research question(s)? ii. Does what you found in the field [your data] agree with – or disagree with – what you found in the literature? 9. Conclusion a. Wrap it up. Bring the threads together. b. Discuss how – given your research question(s), your literature review, and your findings – you are leaning toward a certain conclusion. c. Discuss how you might improve this study. i. Discuss how – if you had time to do a bigger project in the future (or someone else where to research this again in the future) – you might improve upon this study by collecting more data, or by asking your questions in a slightly different way, or by asking different questions, or any other change that comes to mind as likely to get a more nuanced answer.