The Research Assignment
In this short assignment (one page plus a Works Cited) there are three kinds of information presented:
• paraphrasing of information
• extension of the idea or principle of function
You are to find an interesting new (or old and forgotten) technology, process, tool or idea and present briefly yet clearly in a paper. This paper is a conversation starter not an exhaustive exploration or explanation of the topic. It should generate interest not bore your audience.
In the first paragraph you will introduce the new idea and where its origin (you must
clearly delineate the start and end of the paraphrased material and cite your source). Please,
you must paraphrase the idea rather than quoting it directly. Your paraphrase should sound
like your voice – not like someone else’s with a few words changed.