ENC 1101: Paper 3 Guidelines & Requirements
Purpose : To select and analyze one recent scientific innovation and its impact on the present and future.
1. Review the list of topics in the article that follows. Select from the list the one recent scientific innovation you feel has and will continue to be most significant in the 21st century. Find a topic
2. Research and read more about your topic. Find at least three academic articles that help you learn more about your topic. How was the innovation created/discovered? What impact does it have today? What impact will it likely have in the future? Keep a list of your sources for planning and eventual drafting.
3. Plan your paper. Craft a thesis and submit your outline/plan for Paper 3 (see full instructions and related template in this module for guidance).
A good thesis will name the innovation specifically and mention the present and future potential impact the innovation has made. The thesis must never be a question and should always state an arguable claim (not a factual statement one in which you communicate the argument you plan to make and support through your research).
4. Review outline feedback and draft your essay. Your essay must include each of the following:
a. An introduction that begins with a statistic or other data related to your topic, provides background information about the topic, and presents your thesis (at the end of the intro).
b. Three body paragraphs
· Body paragraph one should explain the innovation and why/how it was discovered
· Body paragraph two should describe and analyze the impact of the innovation today
· Body paragraph three should make predictions about how/why the innovation will continue to impact the future
· ALL body paragraphs must start with a topic sentence that states the main idea and argument you plan to make about it in the paragraph, offer a combination of research support (at least one citation per body paragraph) with analysis of that research, and end with a closing sentence that wraps up the thrust of the paragraph
c. Conclusion paragraph
This paragraph should do what most effective conclusion paragraphs do in college essays: It should reinforce the thesis statement (but not just repeat it), offer closing analysis of the argument presented, and connect with the audience by including a related quotation and/or making a prediction related to the argument presented.
5. Submit your essay for professional feedback at Tutor.com. Use this feedback to rethink and revise your paper. Submit this feedback report for points as well.
6. Revise your draft for content, organization, style, and/or formatting as indicated in your feedback report.
7. Submit your final draft to the dropbox.
Research, Format, & Style
Include 3-5 ACADEMIC sources.
At least three of these sources must come from academic journals. This means NO online-only sources count toward the three required. Academic journals, here, is used broadly, meaning titles with articles written by academics, scholars, and researchers for an academic audience. It may or may not include peer-reviewed articles. It does NOT include popular titles and news media, such as Time, Newsweek, CNN, or Tampa Bay Times; specialty magazines, such as Discover or Popular Science; or trade publications, such as Environmental Times or Food Engineering. Only articles, books, or journal offerings with authors, titles, publication dates, and page numbers count for these three sources.
Documentation should be in APA style. You can retrieve APA citations from the databases, but double check them against APA resources. Good resources for APA style include Purdue OWL, SPC’s Guide on Citations, or APA Style Home. Need help with APA? Here you go: APA Style at Purdue’s OWL
Check your “originality report” by Turnitin upon submission. If it is higher than 20%, you need to revise for originality.
This essay will use APA style and formatting, so you need to follow these guidelines:
Essay Length & Style
· For this essay, the length should be 500-700 words. Because it is relatively short, you will want to make every word and idea count!
· Write for educated individuals ages 16-65. Do not assume that your readers know everything you do, or that you know everything your readers do.
· Write consistently in third-person point of view (i.e., avoid I, me, my, we, us, our, you, your).
· Use academic, formal prose containing no slang, contractions, jargon, or gender-biased language.