INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER
(Monday, October 5, 2020)
This assignment requires you to write a 6-10 page paper, including bibliography and references, on a topic in the history of economic thought. The proposal, which includes the sources that you propose to consult, earns you up to five points, and is due by 9 AM on Monday, October 12. The paper itself earns you up to twenty points, and is due by 9 AM on Monday, November 16. Together the proposal and the research paper itself are worth 25% of the final grade. N.B. The proposal is not a summary of the paper. You don’t write the paper until after I have approved your proposal!
What topic should you choose?
Whatever you want—so long as it is on some aspect of the history of economic thought, including
Be advised that you may not choose an economist whose work was mainly or entirely after the Second World War, or an event that occurred after the Second World War—so no Milton Friedman or Great Recession—or a topic that only arose after that war—so no Internet. And, although it is important to describe the historical context in which your chosen economist is writing, remember that you are not writing a paper in economic history, but in the history of economic thought. My advice would be to choose a topic that is narrow and focused—not broad and diffuse. If you’re in any doubt about what would make a suitable topic for your term paper, contact me!
How to research the topic
To get you started, consult Alessandro Roncaglia’s A Brief History of Economic Thought (2107).
Then then check out the resources in Online Resources: An Introduction (revised 10.04.2020). (I sent you the first version at the beginning of the semester.)
(Don’t rely on OneSearch, the search engine on our library website.)
And it’s okay to use discriminating and thoughtful use of websites containing worthwhile material (but be sure to cite correctly what you find—full URL and date visited).
And if you’re not making progress, contact me!
Instructions for writing the paper
The paper should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font (and use italic, bold or underline sparingly) and double-spaced (like this sentence).
The paper should be 1500-2500 words in length (not including the bibliography) with one-inch margins top and bottom, left and right. Your full name and the word count (not including the bibliography) should appear on the cover sheet. Large, clearly labeled diagrams may be used where appropriate. A bibliography and/or references typed in a consistent format should be included at the end of the paper. A 1500-2500 word paper (not including a cover sheet, diagrams, and bibliography) would fill 5-8 pages depending on the spacing between paragraphs. Papers that are too short will lose points. And papers that exceed 2500 words had better be worth reading!
All communications regarding your research paper should be sent to <email@example.com>
You are strongly encouraged to discuss your proposal with me, and you are welcome to run a draft paper by me. Please submit your draft as an attachment to an email by 9:00 AM by Monday, November 2, (to be returned by Monday, November 9). The paper itself is due by 9:00 AM on Monday, November 16.(In due course you will be told how to load the final version onto Canvas.) And you will lose points if you are late in submitting your paper.
Help is available!
If you experience any difficulty in completing this assignment, please do not hesitate to ask me for help.
The SJSU Writing Center is also here to help you: http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/
The university regards cheating and plagiarizing as serious offenses against the honor code and I shall not hesitate to enforce the rules. Students are recommended to consult the appropriate section of the honor code.
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