guidelines for Research Paper, CMTC 100, Introduction to Communication
Length- Approximately 3 pages of writing + Works Cited page
Format- Font should be standard Arial or Times/New Roman size 12,
double-spaced,1 inch margins
Purpose and Objectives of Assignment:
-To investigate new topics in communication that have particular relevance or
immediate application to your personal skills.
-To develop research, organizational and rhetorical skills.
In order to fulfill the expectations of the assignment, students will find sources that are:
Check to see that the author is an expert in the field of communication, has
personal experience with the topic, or has recognition for journalistic excellence.
Examples could include academics who conduct ongoing studies, authors who
publish in the field, and consultants.
The research is recent, innovative, based on emerging trends and builds on
previously established theories of communications. The research should add to,
contradict, or branch out of the information in your text but it should not be the same
as already established theories.
3. Depth and Significance
Choose a source that has sufficient length to establish a thesis and present
evidence. The video or article should present 3-5 subtopics with 3-5 talking points
A print article should include multiple pages in length and talking points to establish
arguments and evidence.
A presentation, interview, or report should last approx. 10 minutes or more and also
(Good sources include TED talks (10 minutes or longer), professional trade journals for
sociologists, psychologists and therapists, longer multi-page feature articles in prestigious
periodicals like the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly or The Washington Post, among
Your paper will be graded in part by the inclusion of these sections:
1. Intro- a formal rhetorical opening which previews the highlights and organization
of your findings.
2. A report- explain the subtopics and main speaking points of your research.
3. An analysis- Tell the reader about the implications and significance of the
(This research is important because ….)
4. Connection- show how your research connects with a topic in text.
5. Conclusion- end with a formal closure
6. Citation- include periodical references and a bibliography page to cite sources