Research papers consist of an introduction, background research, interview, and conclusion on a topic involving a notable figure in the history of jazz.The topic should be on an issue which had an impact on the society and culture of the time and place of this individual, and which continues to have relevance in the present day.A quality research paper must also have a thesis (organizing argument) stating a proposition. The paper should begin with an introduction describing the topic, why you chose it, and stating your specific thesis.The middle of the paper will consist of background research on the music and culture pertaining to your chosen individual. The paper should end with a conclusion that revisits the original thesis, highlights what you learned through your research about the connection between your subject and your topic, and how the experience has impacted or altered your views about jazz, culture, and the world around you.
You must include a bibliography, showing that you used a variety of resources with at least 4 articles, books, and encyclopedias.You must include at least one of each of those.A good resource to start with is Oxford Music Online
(http://library.calstate.edu/northridge/databases/proxy/20) (Links to an external site.).You can also find a list of relevant jazz books on page A39 of your text, which you then can search for at the Oviatt Library and in the Music Library.You may NOT use your text itself as a resource. The Oviatt Database for music is at: (http://library.calstate.edu/northridge/databases/subject/music) (Links to an external site.). You may also find articles from jazz publications or other news publications online, but please avoid websites such as Wikipedia or any website that does not cite its sources or provide credentials to show that its authors are experts in their subject.
The research paper will be submitted in four installments.One grade (10%) will be added for each week an installment is early.One grade (10%) will be deducted for each week an installment is late.Failure to submit an acceptable thesis (1st installment) by the 8th week will result in an automatic grade of F for the course.Failure to submit a final paper (4thinstallment) by the 15th week will result in an automatic grade of F for the course.All installments will be submitted via Canvas as a text document.
- Installment #1 (20 points): At week 4, students will submit the introduction of the paper (title, topic and the person related to your topic, why you chose this person and topic, and your thesis in bold print).This introduction may be anywhere from a few sentences to two pages in length, as long as the above requirements are met.Failure to submit an acceptable thesis (1st installment) by the 8th week will result in an automatic grade of F for the course.
- Installment #2 (30 points):At the end of week 7, students will submit the background research/citation showing high-quality, relevant research sources and knowledge of proper citation procedures. Any source from which quotes or paraphrased material is taken must be cited, otherwise you are guilty of plagiarism, a serious academic offense (See http://catalog.csun.edu/policies/academic-dishonesty/ ). I would like to see at least four bibliography entires, each from a different types of source (book, article, internet article, interview, etc). Each of the bibliography entries must be cited in proper MLA-8 formatting. Help with MLA-8 formatting can be found here: http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-8/ (Links to an external site.).
- Installment #4 (50 points): By week 13, students will submit the entire research paper, organized into these subject headings:
- Title Page
By university standards, this paper is supposed to be a minimum of 2,500 words minimum (not counting the bibliography), double spaced, in a common 12-point font. I, however am a firm believer in content, so as long as this is a well-researched, well-written paper, that shows that you learned as much as possible about your topic, than I consider that a great paper. So don’t feel obligated to meet that 2,500 quota. Content is the most important!
Try to include musical examples to illustrate your points.