Cultures and Art of Easter Island Research Paper I. Research Paper
Chose one of the cultures we are studying in this course. Then chose one art object from that society. Briefly describe the object’s original context and
intended function through library research.
Next, focus on one or two things that can be learned about this culture from this art object (consider belief
system, gender, political structure, economic structure, patronage, aesthetic system, etc.). This research must go beyond what you learned from class lecture
and readings. Lastly, consider what happens to this object once it is bought and sold and ends up in a gallery, museum, the home of a collector, or on a
tourist?s body. Address how the meaning of this object shifts once this object leaves its original context.
Cultures and Art of Easter Island Guidelines for Writing the Research Paper
STEP 1. CHOOSE A TOPIC: Choose a topic which interests and challenges you. Avoid topics that have only a very narrow range of source materials. This means
checking for sources early.
STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION: Check out the Library web database for the most current articles. If you have not used it before, make an appointment with a
As you gather your resources, keep track of the full bibliographical information (author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page
numbers, URLs, creation or modification dates on Web pages, and your date of access) Remember that an article without bibliographical information is useless
since you cannot cite its source. Plagiarism is definitely out of the question. Accurately document all ideas borrowed or quotes used.
STEP 3. STATE YOUR THESIS: The main portion of your essay will consist of arguments to support and defend this belief. Some defining features of a thesis:
a one- or two- sentence statement that explicitly outlines the purpose or point of your paper. A thesis is to a paper what a topic sentence is to a
it should point toward the development or course of argument the reader can expect your argument to take
because the rest of the paper will support or back up your thesis, a thesis is normally placed at or near the end of the introductory paragraph.
it is an assertion that a reasonable person could disagree with if you only gave the thesis and no other evidence. It is not a fact or casual observation;
it must beg to be proved. And someone should be able to theoretically argue against it (how successfully will depend of course on how persuasive you are)
it takes a side on a topic rather than simply announcing that the paper is about a topic (the title should have already told your reader your topic). Don’t
tell a reader about something; tell them what about something. Answer the questions "how?" or "why?"
STEP 4. MAKE A TENTATIVE OUTLINE: The purpose of an outline is to help you think through your topic carefully and organize it logically before you start
writing. A good outline is the most important step in writing a good paper. Check your outline to make sure that the points covered flow logically from one
to the other. Include in your outline an INTRODUCTION, a BODY, and a CONCLUSION.
INTRODUCTION – State your thesis and the purpose of your research paper clearly. State also how you plan to approach your topic. Explain briefly the major
points you plan to cover in your paper and why readers should be interested in your topic.
BODY – This is where you present your arguments to support your thesis statement. Remember the Rule of 3, i.e. find 3 supporting arguments for each position
you take. Begin with a strong argument, then use a stronger one, and end with the strongest argument for your final point.
Cultures and Art of Easter Island Research Paper Conclusion
CONCLUSION – Restate your thesis. Summarize your arguments. Explain why you have come to this particular conclusion.
STEP 5. WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT AND REVISE
1. Is my thesis statement concise and clear?
2. Did I follow my outline? Did I miss anything?
3. Are my arguments presented in a logical sequence?
4. Are all sources cited to ensure that I am not plagiarizing? See syllabus for a definition of plagiarism.
5. Have I proved my thesis with strong supporting arguments?
6. Have I made my intentions and points clear in the essay?
Re-read your paper for grammatical errors. Correct all errors that you can spot and improve the overall quality of the paper to the best of your ability. Get
at least two other people to read it over. If you have not written an essay of this kind before, consider visiting the Writing Center for help.
1. Did I begin each paragraph with a proper topic sentence?
2. Have I supported my arguments with documented proof or examples?
3. Any run-on or unfinished sentences?
4. Any unnecessary or repetitious words?
5. Varying lengths of sentences?
6. Does one paragraph or idea flow smoothly into the next?
7. Any spelling or grammatical errors?
8. Quotes accurate in source, spelling, and punctuation?
9. Are all my citations accurate and in correct format?
10. Did I avoid using contractions? Use "cannot" instead of "can’t", "do not" instead of "don’t"?
11. Did I use third person as much as possible? Avoid using phrases such as "I think", "I guess", "I suppose"
12. Have I made my points clear and interesting but remained objective?
13. Did I leave a sense of completion for my reader(s) at the end of the paper
For further information on citation, plagarism, and MLA format: https://webster.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml