Instructions and Guide to Research Paper
The purpose of this project is two-fold. It is primarily to make you familiar with the geochemical topic which you have chosen, whether it is a process, description of a geochemical system, or an outstanding geochemical problem. Secondarily, it should give you experience in using library resources and the geologic literature.
In class you will chose a specific geochemical topic that will be your topic. You must use and reference at least 3 papers from journals; preferably you should read 6-8 articles or sections of books.
The typed paper should be 5-10 pages only (not including references). The reason that it is so short is because I want you to be brief, concise, and to the point. You will need to address the aspects listed below, but the paper should be written like a long essay or short scientific note (no fictional stories please).
The paper should include: an introduction; description of the geochemical problem or topic; and discussion of possible solutions, models, etc.. You may want to include maps, graphs, data tables, etc..
In a complex area, you need not discuss every single possibility. You can single your discussion down to one view, area, geochemical process, etc..
Remember the idea is to be as complete as possible, but brief. Use your text as a reference for understanding, in general, the topic you chose.