Choosing a Topic
The research paper stands on its own, but in most cases pieces of the paper can be recycled into the website proper. For this reason, it’s best if group members can choose a variety of topics not too closely bunched to one another. Consult with your groupmates about their plans, and if possible avoid overlap in your paper topics.
- Originality and thoughtfulness of your thesis: Are you making an interesting argument? Is it yours or does it belong to one of your sources?
- Quality of your evidence: do you present convincing evidence for each of your claims, supported by compelling arguments?
- Structure: is your paper easy to follow, and does each part flow naturally from what comes before?
- Style: is your paper a pleasure to read?
- Attention to Detail: are your citations properly formatted (please use Zotero or a similar program), have you avoided typos, etc.?
(listed in approximately descending order)