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ENGL 1101 Adolph - From Here to Career Paper!: Assignment

Career Exploration Research Paper

It never hurts to have the assignment written in more than one place, right?

The iSearch Paper             

In this class, we will be doing an iSearch paper. The major difference between a regular research paper and an iSearch paper is:

  • The iSearch assignment requires that you devote time and energy to researching the answer to a question that is specific to you. For this iSearch, you will be investigating how you get "from here to a career!"
  • This paper is primarily a research paper requiring you to use specific sources. You must introduce, quote or paraphrase, make an in-text citation, and explain each source, and you must have at least five sources in this paper.
  • This paper is written in the first person (i.e. you use "I"), and it is written in three sections.  
  • Each section must stand on its own, and each section must be at least two full (all-the-way-to-the-bottom) pages in length. The three sections are Introduction, Research, and Conclusion.
  • When you are finished, you will combine the sections into one paper. The paper will be 6-9 pages, not including the Works Cited page.
  • The paper must include a correct Works Cited page that correlates to the sources cited in in-text citations. The Works cited must NOT include annotations of any sort. DO NOT USE YOUR ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY IN THE PAPER!!

How to Do This Project

This paper should be written in the first person (use "I"), and it is written in three sections. Each section should stand on its own, and each section must be at least two full pages in length.  

When you are finished, the paper will be at least 1500 words in length, not including the Works Cited page.

Here are the three sections of the research project:


Section 1: Introduce the Topic

Before you begin, please identify a future career. What can you see yourself doing in 5-10 years in the future? How will you get "from here to career"?

The first section of your paper is your opportunity to introduce your topic, your research question, and give reasons why you have chosen this topic to investigate.  

  • Use Show-Don't-Tell to get the reader interested in your topic.
  • Tell what you know about the topic.
  • Tell what you want to find out.
  • Discuss how you intend to find answers (your research strategy).
  • Discuss what you think you will find when you are done with your investigation (your hypothesis).


Section 2: Research

In the second section, discuss what you did to find out more information on your topic.  

  • Write an introduction (each section should stand alone as a paper).
  • Tell the reader where you looked, who you talked to, and what you did to research this topic.

For each source you use in your paper you will use a "Quote Sandwich":

  • Introduce the source of the information.

  • Give the information you found by quoting or paraphrasing it.

  • Cite the source using parenthetical documentation according to MLA.

  • Explain how that information contributes to your understanding of the topic.

Make sure you tie your research, as a whole, into your topic. Discuss how the research illuminates, explains, or adds-to your knowledge of your future career