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Analytical Research Paper and Proposal
Self- Assessment Checklist for Writers
Your analytical research paper for this class will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Before you turn in your paper, let it rest a day or two and then reread it with these criteria in mind. You may also want to exchange your paper another person in the class.
Research Proposal Guidelines
Students must submit a brief (200-300 word) description of the topic they’ll be examining in their Research Paper. This assignment must include the following:
1. An overall description of the subject of the paper
2. A thesis statement
3. A summary of the essay’s main points.
Proposals for research topics must be turned in for approval by the instructor by the date shown on the schedule. They will not be graded formally; they will receive comments only (based on the rubric below) rather than being graded for content and will receive full credit if turned in on time.
OK/Good if Developed
Topic: Appropriate for research paper
1. interesting or original approach to the topic;
2. focuses on author(s) and issues in the course;
3. limited enough to be completed in the time available
1. Arguable and not a statement of fact or generalities
2. Limited enough so that research paper will be fully developed
3. Unified so that research paper will not stray from the topic
Scholarly sources Identifies at least two scholarly sources.
Main arguments or points
Research Paper Checklist
Criteria for Evaluation
1. Development and Analysis
Sample analytical research paper requires a writer to do a thorough investigation in order to analyze a problem, not just describe it. In general, the analytical paper begins with a research question. The main goal of the paper is not to persuade its readers that the author is right but to give an overview of primary and secondary sources on the selected issue. A thesis statement is a significant part of an analytical research paper. It should reflect the fresh ideas and developments and avoid the restatements of the well-known information. As for the most important features of the analytical research paper, they are objectiveness, reliability, censoriousness, and accurateness.
The present day situation of the flora and fauna on our planet is turbulent and tragic because many of animals and plants belong to the endangered species. Due to the negligence and irresponsibility of humans, many of species are at the vanishing point. One of such animals is Siberian tiger who lives in the woods of Eastern Russia, China, and North Korea. Its population had decreased to the critical point in 1940, and there are only about 500 Amur tigers in the world nowadays. As Siberian, or Amur, tigers are rare species, it is necessary to analyze the essential reasons for their obsolescence.
The main reason for their extinction is the destruction of their habitat places. Deforestation prevents their ability to hunt and live in the familiar area. People cut the trees to sell and make the profit as well as consume the same prey. Because of these challenges, tigers are forced to move to other areas where they are not able to survive successfully.
One more important threat for the tigers’ disappearance is the loss of food sources. The typical ration of the Siberian tiger consists of deer, bears, fish, and rabbits. When these items disappear, tigers have nothing to eat, and therefore, they hunt for domestic animals. People are afraid of tigers and extirpation of their domestic animals so they kill tigers which try to steal their cattle.
Moreover, the hide and meat of the Siberian tiger are considered to be the real treasure which has a high price. That is why people hunt for them despite of the fact that it is forbidden. Their meat is a delicacy, while bones, teeth, and whiskers are the ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine. Consequently, poaching is the serious problem regarding the disappearance of Siberian tigers.
To summarize, one has to mention that people are responsible for the extermination of Siberian tigers because their illegal and inhumane actions cause this unpleasant situation. First of all, people destroy the habitat of the tigers, and tigers cannot hunt and live in their comfort zone. Secondly, the greed for gain makes people hunt for tigers in order to sell their hide, meat, and other parts of the body. Finally, the distinction of typical animals which the tigers consume make them come to people’s homes and hunt for their livestock, therefore, peasants kill tigers in order to save their own cattle.
- Charbonneau, L. (2014). The magnificent Siberian: A novel. New York: D.I. Fine.
- Ellis, R. (2005). Tiger bone & rhino horn: The destruction of wildlife for traditional Chinese medicine. Washington: Island Press.
- Goldish, M. (2010). Siberian tiger. New York, N.Y.: Bearport Pub.
- Lyn Dybas, C. (2010). The Once and Future Tiger. Bioscience, 60(11), 872-877.
- Tian, Y., Wu, J., Wang, T., & Ge, J. (2014). Climate change and landscape fragmentation jeopardize the population viability of the Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). Landscape Ecology, 29(4), 621-637. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-014-0009-z