Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Research Paper Design Plan

     Previous research papers I have written have been purely informative in nature. This research paper requires more than just information; it requires an argument. I also must address the counter arguments in my paper, something I have done before in persuasive papers so that part is no what I am worried about. My plan for this research paper is to do it on extrasolar planets, or exoplanets for short. My quest for knowledge about this topic started before this semester began. I was looking at my google news feed and I found an article about exoplanets that stated there were many within the habitable zone (meaning life could exist). Once this semester started, a research paper was posed to us students and I knew that I wanted to investigate more about this topic.
    The purpose of this research paper is to inform the reader, but also state a claim and use research to validate my position. I will do this through an eight (8) to ten (10) page paper accompanied by an annotated bibliography. The most used strategy in my paper will be logos because I want to bring facts to back up my claim. I will do this through my sources I find on the internet, but as well as through online databases and possibly books found in the library. My paper will also rely on ethos of both myself and the authors of the sources that I use. The ethos is important because the authors need to be creditable and will stand firm under scrutiny of other experts in the same field. I will be looking for authors that have an educational background in exoplanets and have been peer-reviewed before adding them as a source. This will ensure that the author is knowledgeable and have an unbiased opinion about exoplanets. This will be best for me to make my own argument and apply it without fear of bias and unreliable information. I will also address pathos as a strategy because it is a topic that has emotional appeal to people thinking about their future generations. This topic will invoke emotions of curiosity, but also of urgency to have a plan for the foreseeable problems earth is facing if nothing changes.
     I will be using the media of a typed paper because the time allowed for this assignment, including research; I will have no time with my other classes to compose any other type of media for this assignment. In addition, with a paper it will be easier to establish the length of eight to ten pages, as required for this assignment. My ideas about my argument will revolve around the thesis statement of: Extrasolar planets are the key for human survival once the planet it depleted of resources or the sun reaches the end of its life cycle. I think this message will be positively received because it relies on pathos of the reader for future generations. This thesis is justified by my statement of purpose because this paper has an argument, and will be backed up by facts. I will also address the opposing view of people who think we will just destroy the new planet, people who think it would never be possible to find a new planet, or people who think it would be impossible to get to a new planet. This will help strengthen my argument because some aspects of these opposing views have been answered, but some are still unable to be answered; this is because research is being done every day to test new theories and possibilities that I can only speculate on.
     I know very little about this topic. I only know that extrasolar planets exist and there are some in the habitable zone. I have some web articles picked out for my paper already, but now that I have declared my argument, I am not sure if they will fit. I intend on having my ten to twelve sources by this weekend (4/5-4/6) in order to format them for the annotated bibliography; that is due on 4/10 by midnight. Then I intend on outlining my paper and placing the sources with the information they pertain to. Because I already have some sources, I just intend on revisiting those articles and expanding my research based on what I have and what I think I need. I will be spending more time with the library database in the coming 5 days to get my sources for the bibliography. From this research I hope to learn the feasibility of exoplanets as a means of survival, where the closest habitable one is, and above all how much times humans have (if things do not change) before the earth is dead (or the sun is dead as well). 

This was on my drafts and last night got busy with taking my boyfriend to the doctor so I forgot to put it up. Sorry for the delay...

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