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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Handout for Paper 1

ENGL 1213 / 2016/ Jennings
Paper #1 Summary / Evaluation

Due Date: A draft of this paper is due on July 17. You’ll turn in both the paper itself and either a copy of your source or a link to your source. Remember, this draft will not be graded – you will meet with me one-on-one either on July 17 or July 18, and we will discuss any revisions your paper needs at that time.

Topic: This is a summary and an evaluation of a source.

What does that mean? You will find a scholarly source in your area (that means in the field you are majoring in) and you will first summarize it and then evaluate it as a source.

That sounds scary. How do I do that? We’ll work on this in class, but the short answer is, go to Lionslink, then link on Boreham Library, then go to their Academic Search Premiere link.  Search for a topic in your area, or search specifically for an article in a peer-reviewed journal in your field.  (For instance, if you’re a nursing major, search for an article in nursing journals.  If you’re an education major, look at education journals.  For business, look at business journals.)

What if I don’t know any peer-reviewed journals in my field? You can ask the Research Librarian, or you can ask some of the professors in your field, or you can go to the actual physical library and browse the physical journals in your section of the library.  (Ask the Research Librarian if you’re not sure what section your field is in.)

Okay, I found an article in a peer-reviewed journal.  Now What?  Read it, summarize it, and evaluate it.

What’s that mean? A summary is a short (from one to five sentence) explanation of something.  For this paper, you’ll be giving a formal summary, which needs to contain four items: the author, the genre, the title, and the thesis.  Your summary should look like this:

            In this article, “Sylvester v. Tweety,” Ellen Hunter argues that neutering cats is not enough; in order to preserve endangered birds, feral cats should be trapped and executed.

If you can get it into one sentence, you should.  If you need to say more, you can. Your summary should include only information in the article – nothing of your own opinion or thoughts should be in the summary section of the paper.

Okay, I did that. What’s next? After the summary, you will evaluate the source as a source. In this section of the paper, you’ll talk about how reliable the source is. See your handout on Evaluating a Source for how to handle this section.  (This evaluation will be the longest section of the paper.  We’ll do some work on how to do this in class.)


Length: From one to three pages, MLA format.  

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