Re there successful ways of resisting consumerism?
IMPOTANCE: For your essay, make sure that you do not focus just on managing onei??s personal finances. Since this is a course in popular culture, you will also want to consider larger cultural movements dedicated to this topic: for example, Occupy Wall Street.
Length: Approximately 1500 words (5 pages, double spaced, not counting the Works Cited Page)
Your final essay assignment for this course is to write a formal research paper on a pop culture related topic of your choosing. The essay must use research to support a specific argument/thesis statement.
You may want to consult the i??Writing about Popular Culturei?? section of your text as a guide to writing academic research papers. Additional help with MLA citing is available online and through the Fanshawe College Library. This site (the Purdue Online Writing Lab) will help you format in proper MLA Style: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Research Essay Requirements:
1) This is a RESEARCH paper; secondary sources are required. You should consult at least FIVE outside sources from a variety of magazines, newspaper articles, academic journals, interviews, films, and videos. You must have at least TWO print sources. On-line periodicals from legitimate sources can count as print sources. Visit the library; they will be happy to help.
2) The essay should be presented in MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Use parenthetical documentation (MLA format references) throughout your paper when citing your sources. You must also include a Works Cited page (in MLA format).
3) Your essay must be submitted to the FOL dropbox (use the folder labelled i??Research Essayi??).
Herei??s a clarification of some points from the assignment description, as well as additional information not included there.
What i??typei?? of essay is this supposed to be?
There are two key elements to the essay:
1) It should be based on research, as opposed to personal opinion or experience. Avoid first-person (I, me, etc.), and write in an objective manner. Identify sources for facts with MLA in-text citations (more on this below), as well as an MLA Works Cited page at the end of the essay.
2) It should make a statement about the research. It should have a thesis, a central argument that you support and explain through the body of the essay. The thesis will help you keep your essay focused; every line in the essay should relate to it somehow.
If youi??re having trouble thinking of a thesis, email me with some ideas and we can discuss them. You might not be able to formulate a thesis until after youi??ve researched your topic and looked at the facts or situations youi??re investigating, and this is fine, but doni??t forget that you need one.
How many research sources do I need?
Aim for at least five. I only required you to list three on your proposal, but this woni??t be enough to ensure your investigation is balanced and reliable.
Do I have to use certain types of sources?
You can use print or electronic sources, but you must have at least two print sources. Additionally, you should critically evaluate every source, especially electronic ones. E.g. How do you know the author is credible? Is the information up to date? Could the author be biased for some reason? For this reason, Wikipedia is not an acceptable source.
How do I work my research into my discussion?
When you mention a fact, statistic, or research finding, give the authori??s name and the page in parentheses (Smith 56). Your Works Cited page must list all the sources used in your essay, and all sources listed in the Works Cited should also be referenced within the essay body. NOTE: use quotation marks whenever quoting directly, and use your own language/style when paraphrasing. To do otherwise could constitute plagiarism, a serious academic offense that carries significant penalties.
Do grammar, spelling, and writing style matter?
Yes! Therei??s no excuse for spelling and grammar errors when most word-processing programs help you out in those departments. Writing style should be clear and appropriately formal. Doni??t use slang or first-person. Also avoid vague terms, generalizations, and stereotypes.