List sources used in writing the paper in a WORKS CITED page on a separate sheet at the end of the Paper

Guidelines for MU3100: FINAL PAPER

Important Details: • Each student must turn in a one-page, typed Topic Proposal by the end of Class 7.

Be sure to summarize what you plan to research and elaborate on in your Paper. Include an anticipated outline for the flow of your ideas.

• The Final Research Paper is due by the end of our final class meeting (our last class before the Final Exam).

Requirements for the Research Paper:

• Each student will choose one topic centered on a specific aspect of Technology in Music

• Some examples of good topics include: • “The Accordion’s Technological Development in the United States” • “Mixing and Mastering”

• The Paper is to be between 8-12 pages long. No more, no less… and not including the necessary Works Cited page at the end.

Requirements for Success:

• You must consult and cite a minimum of five sources (at least two of these must be in book form—yes, you may use our class text book as one of your books) in your Works Cited page.

• You are responsible for knowing the accuracy and reliability of your sources… this is true whether the information comes from a printed source, an interview, or from the internet. In other words, find out whether the author is qualified to write an accurate account. Whenever possible use primary sources – firsthand or eyewitness documents – rather than secondary sources – scholarly works written by reputable historians after the event. Regardless of whether it is a primary or secondary source you must evaluate the information and interpretations presented for veracity and appropriateness.*

• When citing footnotes and preparing the Works Cited page, you will use the MLA style manual for writing.

• Find great Research Tutorials at CPP’s Library! (https://www.cpp.edu/~library/ reference-instruction/tutorials/index.shtml)

• Links for examples of MLA Citation Formatting: http://libanswers.library.cpp.edu/ faq/126855

* Adapted from Shorter College’s 2006-7, “Department of History and Political Science REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH PAPERS.” http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf

http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf
https://www.cpp.edu/~library/reference-instruction/tutorials/index.shtml
https://www.cpp.edu/~library/reference-instruction/tutorials/index.shtml
http://libanswers.library.cpp.edu/faq/126855
http://libanswers.library.cpp.edu/faq/126855

• You MUST use FOOTNOTES, not INLINE citations!!!! • Remember:

• The opinions and conclusions of your paper are presumed to be yours unless they are properly cited (if they are not yours and not cited it is plagiarism); use citations and quotation marks appropriately! Beware: Sloppy research and writing often leads to unintentional plagiarism. *

• Proof your paper carefully to correct organizational, grammatical, syntactical, spelling and/or typing errors before submitting it. A large number of errors will lower your grade. *

Required Formatting of Research Paper*:

1. Typed, double space; 1 inch indent for all margins may be used OR use a full empty line break between paragraphs. Use only Times New Roman 12 point print.

2. Put PAGE NUMBERS on each page. 3. For every quotation, paraphrased or referencing an idea found in a book or article,

include proper ANNOTATIONS. Following the punctuation ending the material needing such annotation, provide a raised reference number with a footnote (at the bottom of the page) following the directions and examples for the MLA style. On average, a ten-page research paper has at least fifteen to twenty notes.

4. Use direct quotations only when absolutely essential, either to make a point or because the author’s wording is so much better than your own. Short quotations should be incorporated within double quotation marks directly in the body of the essay; long quotations (used rarely) should be indented (on both right and left sides) and single spaced without any quotation marks around them.

5. List sources used in writing the paper in a WORKS CITED page on a separate sheet at the end of the Paper; arrange books and articles used in alphabetical order following the directions and examples for the MLA style. Do NOT include dictionary entries or encyclopedia articles in any bibliography.

6. Attach a separate COVER SHEET indicating a title for your paper (something more original than FINAL RESEARCH PAPER) – do NOT enclose this title in quotation marks; also list on the cover sheet your name, the number and title of the course, the instructor’s name and the submission date. Place the title of your paper and your name on the first page of the paper as well as on the cover sheet.

7. PROOFREAD your final draft before submission. Writing a research paper is a formal academic exercise; presentation and appearance form an integral part of the final product. Neatness counts.

Your grade is based on content, organization and clarity, grammar, style, proper citations, and the use of these research and writing guidelines.

* Adapted from Shorter College’s 2006-7, “Department of History and Political Science REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH PAPERS.” http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf

http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf

Want to see an example? Find one of Prof. Wallin Huff’s graduate research papers online at: http://bit.ly/16HNiMY

* Adapted from Shorter College’s 2006-7, “Department of History and Political Science REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH PAPERS.” http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf

http://bit.ly/16HNiMY
http://www.shorter.edu/academics/history/PaperStyle.pdf