So, the great time of the school year has come where I have to write an insanely boring research paper. Hopefully it won't be as hard this year since I take journalism and have to interview people all the time...and I thought I'd do something alarm related, because, why not?
But anyways, our topic is as follows (I'm just gonna paste the guidelines up here for those giving me ideas...)
Research Paper Guidelines: English 10B
Assignment: You are to select a career field or college major of interest to you and write a 4-6 page research paper that describes its educational requirements/training, skills needed, daily activities, future outlook, expected income, history, or any other topics you find relevant.
April 6 (that's tomorrow): Bring MacBook: Topic and thesis due at the beginning of class
There's obviously tons of places to go with this...but what I hate about this english class is they limit so many of your options because they're not 'scholarly' enough...now that's kind of debatable, but whatever. At least they didn't not permit internet sources in their entirety.
The limits on sources are: (here we go again)
You must use a minimum of 6-7 sources in your paper.
ONE of those sources must be an interview.
The rest of these sources can be made up of newspaper articles (obviously not applicable), magazine articles (again not really applicable), books, journals, or interviews found on databases-MUST HAVE 2 DATABASE SOURCES.
There is a limit of 3 (three) websites, so choose wisely...WEBSITE URL'S MUST END IN .gov, .edu, or .org (because we all know how much schools hate .com sources)...so that automatically rules out the forums...not that I would use it on a 300 point paper anyways...sorry guys.
Oh, and Wikipedia? It's not considered 'a source'.
Sources must be US publications, which isn't a problem since alarm codes have to adhere to US regulations anyways.
So, what websites do you all recommend I use? I'm gonna use my state resources but not real sure how I can use alarm manufacturers/companies because they're not 'sources'...I'm gonna try and debate that out with my english teacher and see what he says.
I can use NFPA, because that's a .org, but what would I write about? Code fragments?!
And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways. And something I learned in my journalism class is when you contact a professional out in the field (and something my english teacher was wrong about), is that you NEVER, EVER state that you're a high school student...why? Because school matters are considered unimportant to professionals and they never get back to you, because honestly, it's really not their issue to deal with in the first place.
With all that being said, anyone got any ideas where I even should begin? I don't want to do a boring topic, because that just makes the whole assignment boring; and I'm gonna be working on this for at least the next month or so.
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