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Sheehan - Academic Integrity: Themes - Sheehan

"Amsterdam Has a Deal for Alcoholics"

From The New York Times: "Amsterdam Has a Deal for Alcoholics: Work Paid in Beer"

A commentator from Massachusetts named Adrianne wrote:

"This seems more like preying on people's addictions than it does on helping them. There doesn't seem to be any plan involving them drinking less beer. I would rather have my streets dirty than know I had encouraged a person's addiction to keep them clean. Any feelings of 'self-respect' are delusional at best under these circumstances."

Assignment 3: Write a five-paragraph essay that responds to the prompt from the first assignment:

Is Adriann’s interpretation of the article is valid? 

Your essay needs:
1. MLA Works Cited sheet that contains the primary source and only the scholarly secondary sources you discovered in assignment 2 and during the library session

2. MLA Annotated Bibliography, which will include all of the sources you researched for potential inclusion within your essay.

An annotated bibliography differs from a Works Cited sheet in that it offers brief summaries of each entry and a sentence or two that suggests how each source might be implemented in the development of your thesis.  Again, not all of your annotated bibliography sources will be included in your Works Cited page, because it is rare that all of the research will be relevant and appropriate for incorporation into an essay

In addition to writing this brief research essay, your objective is to analyze the sources to find academic secondary sources that legitimately bolster your argument regarding the primary text.  This process is useful in helping students/researchers keep track of the information used to draft an essay, the passages students incorporate from the primary text, as well as the secondary sources that will add further credibility to the central argument and analysis.  There is a lot of inherent abstraction and complexity, which makes it harder to keep track of the data students parse and reassemble.  Consequently, unintended plagiarism can occur if students do not carefully organize the content and information that goes into a research essay.


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