Research Paper Note Cards Rubrics


The Conclusion

This is the last paragraph of your paper. You wrap up all your ideas in a neat little package. Please do NOT start your conclusion with these words: LASTLY, IN CONCLUSION, or FINALLY. We can see it is the last paragraph. You do not need to insult your reader by telling them that.

You will want to summarize your main points and reassert (note that I did not say restate) your position. Do not end your paper with a question. You can end with a quotation (especially effective if you tie that quotation in with a quotation from the introduction), a prediction, a recommendation, or a reference to something mentioned in the introduction. Here is a great way to do that (borrowed from Mr. Assael): Introductions and Conclusions

PART V - So I finished my rough draft. Now what?

OR ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can use these sites to help proofread your paper online:

  • Turn It In - you need to use this site anyway, might as well get a plagiarism report and a grammar check from it
  • Curriculum SAS Pathways - no password needed, but username is temperature5bell
  • Paper Rater - this is a really good one
  • Hemmingway - great style checker to look for ways to make your writing flow easier
  • Virtual Writing Tutor - It explains your errors in an easy to understand format.
  • SlickWrite - just paste your text in and hit the check button. It underlines what may be wrong and if you click it, it will give you suggestions.
  • Polish My Writing - Very similar to slick write. Good for checking grammar and spelling.
  • Story Toolz - Has a lot of options, but they are mostly for creative writing - however, it does have a Cliche Buster - get rid of these - it may not be able to do the whole five pages of your paper at one time, though
  • Analyze My Writing - has a lot of features that aren't wonderful, but it does do a check on how many times certain words are used - it could save you some points on repetition errors
  • Word Counter - another repetition checker

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Get rid of the word "very." It is an overused word and you can do better than that. Here are some ways to avoid it:

Clean up your in-text

Go through your paper and get rid of unnecessary in-text. Do it this way:

  • Within paragraphs, if you have consecutive cites from the same source that do not have page numbers (i.e. web pages), eliminate all cites but the last one (only within paragraphs)
  • For consecutive cites that have the same page number, eliminate all but the last one (within paragraphs)
  • For consecutive cites that have different page numbers, eliminate all but the page number on all but the first one (this extends into other paragraphs)

Here is an example (swiped from All red and crossed out cites or words need to be eliminated.

The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called Nessie or Ness(Smith 56), is a mysterious and unidentified animal or group of animals claimed by some to inhabit Loch Ness, a large deep freshwater loch near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. Nessie is usually categorized as a type of lake monster(Smith 56). Its disputed "scientific" name, as chosen by the late Sir Peter Scott, is Nessiteras rhombopteryx (Smith 35). Although no evidence exists to suggest the alleged creature's gender, the nickname "Nessie" sounds feminine, so the creature is often referred to as female (Brown 37).

Along with Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman, Nessie is one of the best-known mysteries of cryptozoology(Brown48). Most scientists and other experts find current evidence supporting Nessie unpersuasive, and regard the occasional reports of sightings as hoaxes or misidentification of mundane creatures or natural phenomena (“Creature…”). However, belief in the animal persists among many people around the world, with the most popular theory being that it is a plesiosaur(“Creature…”).

Some have argued a history of "monster" sightings in the loch provides circumstantial evidence supporting the creature's existence. Note that the validity and origins of these stories have been challenged, along with any "history" predating the early 1930s. There have been around 10,000 such sightings, a third of which were reported in one form of media or another(“Creature…”).

You can following these guidelines for cleaning up your in-text.

Check your sources

Go through your paper and put a checkmark on your Works Cited page beside every entry that has an in-text. This will prevent you from getting the penalty for a source in-texted that is not on the Works Cited page or having a source on the Works Cited page that is not in-texted in the paper.


Page numbering

You do not have to number your pages, but if you do, do NOT number the title page or the works cited page. If you wish to go the extra mile, number pages 2-5 only.


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