Research Paper: One of the primary assessments for this course are two Research Papers. They must be 3-5 pages long and in 12 point Times New Roman with double-spacing. The topic of this research paper is Xenophon’s Anabasis. Xenophon’s text can be found in toto in the following places:
Your research paper must be your own work. Review the Dean’s policy on Academic Dishonesty found here: (https://www.msudenver.edu/deanofstudents/studentconduct/academicintegrity/academicdishonesty/)
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1. Read at least 3 books of Xenophon’s Anabasis
Format and Grading Criteria: Your paper should contain these parts:
Format (5 points): Your research paper must be 3-5 pages long (you can exceed the 5-page limit) and in 12 point Times New Roman with double-spacing with pagination.
An Informative title and title page (10 points): Your title should be short, sweet, and informative and your title page should include your title, your name, course and section, date, and my name.
Introduction (35 points): Your introductory material should set up the topic for your audience (me). Briefly summarize your topic to orient your reader. Your thesis statement should come at the end of your introduction. State your thesis in the form of a sentence or two. It should not be in the form of a question. Your thesis should be a brief statement, in your own words, that highlights the major issues about this topic that you discovered in your research. If you cannot articulate in a sentence or two what your main point is then you will not have a good idea of what you will be writing about.
Body of Paper (45 points): In the first paragraphs of this section describe Xenophon and summarize the content of the books you chose to read.
Interpretation (35 points): Using the content from the above section, comment upon an interesting theme or event you read about. Analyze this theme or event using your knowledge of the period and book. Be creative here. Could this event or theme have taken place? What’s the point? Why is it interesting to you? You have creative freedom here.
Conclusion (10 points): Your conclusion should make some “wrap up” statements about what you learned about this topic and the possible impact of your findings on people and perhaps society in general. Also, address any issues that may still not be resolved. Do not be reluctant to address any issues that are not easily resolved or have negative or ambiguous outcomes. I am not necessarily looking for a neatly wrapped up conclusion with no loose ends. I am looking for a conscientious, thoughtful look at some topic in your field, sharing of the major significance of this issue, and any unanswered questions, if any, you are still dealing with.
Personal Reflection (10 points) (DOES NOT contribute towards the overall page count): Each author is responsible for providing a personal source assessment. These will be individual to each author and consist of at least 1 paragraph. The personal reflection will comment on The Anabasis as a historical source. Issues to be address may include: Is this a primary or secondary source? What are the author’s sources? What is its historical value? Is this an accurate portrayal of ancient Greece and Persia?
Audience: Your paper should be understood by a broader audience than scholars in your field. Assume I know nothing. You will have to explain concepts and not expect your audience to understand in-house jargon.
I prefer the APA (American Psychological Association) style. You can find a simplified version here: https://www.pima.edu/current-students/library/docs/APAfull.pdf If you want to use another one, this is fine…just be consistent.
Length - 3 to 5 double spaced pages of text (not including graphics, cover page, appendices, or reference page). Six “rambling” pages are not better than 3 clear, fully developed pages.
Margins – 1 inch top, bottom, left, right
Pagination: Put page numbers in top right hand corner of each page, including the cover page. Also include your last name and abbreviated title: Smith – Internet 2
Use parenthetical citations (citation information in text between parenthesis) for information that is someone’s opinion and is not common knowledge. Give parenthetical citation information for quotations and paraphrases. Include page number for direct quotes. APA requires the date be included in in-text citations:
As Smith (1993) stated, “magazines for the general public generally have less reliable evidence than scholarly or professional journals” (p. 2).
As Smith said, “magazines for the general public generally have less reliable information than scholarly or professional journals” (1993, p. 2).
Paraphrased version: Magazines written for a lay audience tend to have less objective information than that found in scholarly publications (Smith, 1993). NOTE: There are no quotation marks or page number for a paraphrase. Paraphrasing means restating in your own words the original author’s EXACT meaning - not just rearranging words in the author’s original text. You can embed a short quote of a key phrase in paraphrased material and give the page number of the quote.
Use quotes judiciously. Use them only when paraphrasing will make the statement unclear or a kernel of an idea is so perfectly stated that trying to paraphrase in your own words will ruin the impact of the statement.