This research assignment gives you the opportunity to research a topic of personal interest. Once you have selected a topic, your task is to gather written sources, interviews and present the information in a paper. An “I” search paper is a type of research paper, but it differs from the conventional research paper in that it’s written in the first person (“I”) and includes the story of your search process along with your reflections upon the information you discover, and your reflections on the search itself.
Introduction: Your paper should contain an introduction that addresses the following questions:
1. Why is this topic important to you or of interest to you? How does it affect you and/or what do you hope to gain by exploring it?
2. What, specifically, do you know about the topic?
3. What don’t you know about the topic? What, specifically, do you want to find out about the topic?
The introduction of your paper must be written before you conduct any of your search for information. It should reflect all of your ideas, questions, opinions and assumptions prior to your investigation. The introduction should be written in the present tense.
Body: The body of your paper should include the story of your search (the hunt) and your reflections upon the information you discover. Each “step” of your search should contain the following information:
1. Narrative details: where did you go? Who did you talk to? Describe people and places. The reader should be able to “see” you and follow along with you throughout your search. Such details are “story-like” details: you are telling the story of your search.
2. Information discovered: what facts and information did you learn? Tell what you discovered about your topic, directly quoting and summarizing information from your sources.
3. Reflective commentary: what were your reactions to the information you discovered? What were your impressions of your interview source or your written sources? What did their comments make you think about, or how did the sources make you feel? Did the sources confirm any of the information you stated in your introduction? Did you find the answers to your questions? Were you surprised or disappointed by anything you discovered? Were any of the assumptions or ideas which you expressed in the introduction different from the information and ideas presented in the sources? Have your ideas or the opinions you expressed in the paper’s introduction changed in any way? Why or why not?
Conclusion: Your paper should have a well-developed conclusion that presents some final reflections on your entire search. What you learned and didn’t learn. Carefully reread your introduction and reflect on the following: were all of your search questions answered? What did you learn through the search process? What have you learned about using the library or conducting an interview? Explain why you were pleased or displeased with what you discovered, and discuss the ideas that have been confirmed or changed because of your search.
Sources: a minimum of four written sources, and one interview.
Documentation: Follow the MLA format with parenthetical citations, a works cited list, etc.
Name Professor Course Date THE USE OF ANIMALS FOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT People from around the planet are beginning to see the mishaps and misdeeds that we are inflicting upon our world. We are realizing the destruction that we have done to our home, our one planet Earth. We see the pain and agony of our mother Gaia and are now restless to help it recuperate, and one day improve and make the reality of heaven on earth. This, we cannot do as long as we are not connected and involved once again on the wonderful dynamics of nature and creation, which has led me to confront the aspect of ourselves thinking our being as greater that the other creations of the One true Creator. Why do we us humans, use animals for sport and entertainment? My opinion on the matter is that human beings should not desecrate and disrespect any life, whether plants or animals. We should ask and thank properly the world whenever we eat animal for food to using plants for products. Personally, I want to understand why such cultures of cruelty and lack of compassion for animals have arisen from our world. Animals today are still a huge part of the sport and entertainment industries. Cultural traditions such as fox hunting and bull fighting, as well as horse and dog racing in the sporting world, not to mention animals performing tricks at circuses, are all examples of how we take advantage of animals simply for our own entertainment. (PETA) My journey began in a rather understatement made by a ...