You must write a three-paragraph summary of the content of your paper…


Summary introductions help readers grasp your argument and allow readers to see where the

paper is going.


  1. State the problem that your topic seeks to address. Offer enough explanatory information to put your paper into context and capture the reader’s attention. 2. Then, once the problem is stated, pose your research question. 3. Next, state your expected answer to the question. This is your hypothesis — he answer you expect to find once you analyze your data. Note: It is perfectly acceptable if this answer is NOT what you find in your analysis. All results in research are interesting. You are not graded thus far on whether or not you were correct; you are graded on how rigorous and objective your research is. When you state your hypothesis, use clear language to show that this is your hypothesis: “I hypothesize that…”
  1. In 2 or three 3 summary sentences, briefly support your hypothesis with some evidence you think you have already found or will find.
  2. Show the Professor the list of your sources thus far (you should have 5 sources). Annotate each source briefly  — namely, explain, for each source, what kind of source it is (is it biased? is it commercial? is it objective?), how helpful it may or may not be to your paper, and what you learned from it, if anything.

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