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Research project-Media influence on gender identity

Research project-Media influence on gender identity
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Final Research Essay
It is now time to compile your resources and reflect upon what you’ve learned about identity. (It is means use all things we have done about the assignment 2, 3, and
4. You can put everything on your paper from your before work as long as it makes your project coherence and smooth.)
First, let’s talk logistics:
o 2000+ (not counting the References and Appendix page)
o APA Formatting
o Turn in by 11:59pm on the due date
o You can include media, graphs, images, etc., as long as your word count does not fall below 2000 words. The appendix, which will contain at least a transcription of
your interview, should NOT be included in the word count.(From assignment 3 interview)
o You must turn in this paper in a Word Document and be very precise about formatting.
o You must engage ideas from at least 6 outside sources in addition to your interview and other primary research. As you are writing an ethnographic study, primary
research will be the main focus of your discussion. (From the assignment 4 Annotated bibliography)
Sections of the Research Essay
Introduction and Literature Review
This section should provide an overview of the identity politics you chose to focus on in your research. For example, if you focus on race, you may want to describe
some current issues in the US (Ferguson, Detroit, mass-incarceration) or use narrative to open your paper. Or a combination of both.
Then you must explain what your sources say about the issue. This is the place to flex your synthesis muscles! What conversations are happening? What do other
researchers say about it? How do different people approach the problem? What do they have in common, and where do they diverge?
For more on how to write a literature review, visit the Excelsior OWL. (Links to an external site.)
Your methods section will explain how you came to this particular research interest, how you went about conducting research, both primary and secondary, and how you
put all the information together. This section can contain direct language from your research proposal, and it needs to do a good job establishing your rhetorical
position. This section goes a long way in establishing trust with your readers as you will explain your personal relationship with the topic while demonstrating your
fair-minded approach.
For more on how to do this section and the general structure of APA organization, go to this part of the Excelsior OWL (Links to an external site.).
The Results section explains what you found out from your research. This should be the longest part of your essay, so draw out each point carefully. Think about
connections between your reference texts and your interview. Think about how your interview illustrates broader cultural phenomenon in your reference texts.
This section concludes your research essay. Remember that a conclusion should never shut down the conversation by procuring a “right” answer or “winning” side. Nor
should it regurgitate what you wrote about in previous sections. Rather, this section describes the implications of your research findings, as well as provide
suggestions for future research. In other words, offer insight as to what your research could be used for, and explain how researchers writing after you might provide
insight using a slightly different lens. And finally, use this section to reflect on your results. What do you think merits further study? What was surprising about
your research findings? What, if anything, wasn’t? Weave these kinds of questions into the entire Discussion section as you talk about implications and suggest future
lines of inquiry.
*Note: You CAN merge the Results / Discussion sections if that makes more sense with your work.
The References section should include everything that informed your work. Make sure to use APA formatting and organization correctly. This means you must adhere to
guidelines like alphabetizing sources and using the correct format for titles, sections, citations, to name a few.
The Appendix must include anything relevant to your essay that doesn’t have a place in the actual essay. This includes things like your interview transcription.

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