Submitting a Research Paper Draft Outline

Hello all – For this part of the research paper process:

Students will have the opportunity to submit a draft of their paper to the instructor for formal feedback up to one week prior to the final due date. Students can then incorporate this feedback into the final version of their paper submitted for grading.

I will review a template of your paper outline and salient points culled from your research in the scholarly literature. I will offer feedback between now and April 30.
Action Steps:
  • Download the template here: ResearchPaperTemplateRev2
  • Add your name at the top and save with an appropriate filename.
  • Fill in the outline on the template – it is designed to help you pull together themes and concepts you want to explore.
  • Submit it to me via email to

9 thoughts on “Submitting a Research Paper Draft Outline

    1. Trina Showalter

      This is an example of how long the paragraph is on one bullet point:
      1. Friday, K. (2014) To put into historical context how e-family history research forms a part of the information-seeking behavior of UK family historians. This study was a theoretical framework conducting a study on how much family historians relied on local and electronic resources for family history research. This study builds on previous research studies conducted by Elizabeth Yakel and Crystal Fulton on genealogists. This was an ethnographic study conducted in a time period of six months (November 2005 – April 2006) in the UK where twenty-three family historian volunteers who did online family history research were studied via writing qualitative diaries documenting their research work. The second part of the experiment also involved the shadowing of eleven researchers to observe their information research techniques. The results showed three types of family historian research behaviors. They include the following: setting goals, their research strategies, and then pursuing the results. Each of the three research behaviors showcased a complex and tightly connected web of research patterns between family historians as they process available information. The ongoing continuous search for information by hobby genealogists shows how quickly they become literate tech-savvy in knowing where to look for the relevant data in the different types of sources. Fisher and Bishop’s five characteristics of information communities can be seen as hobby genealogists exploit the Internet to form social groups online and to seek out genealogical data information. This also illustrates how they can experience sudden aha moments and pursue the vital information discovered. If conferences and access to expensive databases cost less, maybe more people would be interested in becoming hobby genealogists. More ethnographic studies like this should be conducted. This study was limited with it being conducted only in the UK. The current racism barriers prevents information professionals from safely studying Eastern and African countries in how hobby genealogy is pursued there. Information professionals need to be more ready to answer questions of family historians when they wish to use the library for genealogical research. More active cooperation between genealogical organizations and information professionals can better provide a heightened public awareness of the genealogical resources available locally.

  1. Claire

    Just one clarification @michael — does this sentence below mean that you will send us feedback by May 7 (paper is due May 14) if we send you a draft outline by April 30?

    “Students will have the opportunity to submit a draft of their paper to the instructor for formal feedback up to one week prior to the final due date.”

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