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MUSC 302W: Musicianship VI: Writing Your Paper

This LibGuide was created for Dr. Binder's and Dr. Vilkner's Musicianship VI classes as a resource to help with the research assignment.

Stage 3: Preliminary Thesis Paragraph

Preliminary Thesis Paragraph

Due Monday, March 15, 2021 by 8 pm

(15 points)

At this stage, you will submit a rough draft of your thesis paragraph for the paper.  The paragraph should accomplish the following four things, most likely in this order:

  • Sketch out the essential background for understanding the research question or problem
  • Clearly articulate the research question or problem at hand (even if you don’t actually phrase it in the form of a question)
  • Outline how you are going to explore that question or problem
  • Forecast what you will conclude about the question or problem

Turn this in on Blackboard, under "Research Paper" (left-hand menu), in MS Word or PDF format, as a discussion board post.

Further instructions can be found in the Instructions document on the homepage.

Stage 4: Outline of Paper, Revised List of Sources, and Revised Paragraph

Outline of the paper, including a revised list of sources (minimum 5) and a revised thesis paragraph

Due Monday night March 22, 2021 by 12 midnight

(15 points)

At this stage, you will submit a document with the following items, in the following order:

  • Revised thesis paragraph
  • Blow-by-blow outline of the body of your paper, explaining the function of each paragraph in developing or supporting your thesis, and making reference to your sources when relevant
  • A revised list of all your sources, cited properly (minimum 5)

Turn this in on Blackboard, under "Research Paper" (left-hand menu), in MS Word or PDF format.

Further instructions can be found in the Instructions document on the homepage.

Stage 5: Rough draft of Paper

Rough Draft of Paper

Due Monday night, April 12, 2021 by midnight

(10 points)

Turn this in on Blackboard, under "Research Paper" (left-hand menu), in MS Word or PDF format. 

Further instructions can be found in the Instructions document on the homepage.

Stage 6: Final Version of Paper

Final Version of Paper

Due Friday night, April 23, 2021 by 12 midnight

(160 points)

Turn this in on Blackboard, under "Research Paper" (left-hand menui), in MS Word or PDF format.

Further instructions and the grading rubric can be found in the Instructions document on the homepage.

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