Project #28743 - Comedians and drugs

Topic: Connection between comedians/entertainers & drugs. 


The goal of writing a documented research paper is for you to become more familiar with a specific topic, while engaging with the ongoing conversation/debate that surrounds your point of interest. By now, you are ready to enter into a discussion concerning issues surrounding Blackface Minstrelsy, Vaudeville, and 1970's stand-up comedy in the United States. Your task is to focus your chosen inquiry on one of these main topic areas and to take a distinct position based on reading and research.


The research paper requires you to take a position within an inquiry derived from our discussion of either Blackface Minstrelsy, Vaudeville, or stand-up comedy in the United States. In other words, the direction in which your research proceeds must engage one of these topic areas, but it is necessary that you formulate your own question, or inquiry, that gives you a point at which you can situate your own interests in terms of the topic of discussion and take a clear position. Your argument must make your inquiry clear and your position central to your paper, and you must address other critical sources that either further develop or complicate your inquiry. In your research paper, you will summarize, synthesize and analyze a variety of sources to advance your inquiry.

May 7

Sources, Documentation, and Format:


Include a minimum of four credible sources which are relevant to your inquiry; at least three of the four sources must be book chapters or academic articles (print or online through library databases). One of your sources may be a website, but no more than one.

You must cite each of your sources at least once in the body of your paper.
Follow MLA format. Papers must be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and 12-point Times

New Roman font.
Include in-text documentation and a complete works cited page, which acknowledges all sources used in

your paper.

English 161 Documented Research Paper Evaluation Rubric
1.Taking a position. The writer articulates a position or thesis that relates to key themes discussed in class

materials and work.
2.Developing Arguments in Context. The writer understands that arguments emerge from important

public and academic conversations in which participants respond to each other as if in dialogue. They

ask questions about claims, qualify their own assertions, and address naysayers.
3.Using Sources Effectively. The writer identifies and reviews appropriate source material relevant to his

or her position, characterizes the sources' arguments, discusses disciplinary methods and approaches,

and considers the sources' perspectives.
4.Engaging Intellectual Strategies. The writer demonstrates an ability to engage in a dialogue of ideas

with the sources used in the paper. The work is enhanced by the ability to summarize, analyze, and synthesize. In addition, writers demonstrate how paraphrasing and quoting contribute to this dialogue of ideas.

5.Using Language Appropriately. The writer makes grammatical and stylistic choices appropriate to the audience and purpose. The writer also cites sources appropriately, integrating the cited material into the writer's work.

6.Documentation and Citation. The writer documents all instances of information taken from sources. In- text citations are used appropriately and the works cited page conforms to the style standards. 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/07/2014 12:00 am
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