Writing a research paper involves many steps, and during the process, our views should shift and grow as we engage with research—as we begin to “join the conversation.” The I-Search Narrative allows you to think about this process, what you’ve learned, and the steps you still need to take to finish the research paper.
The I-Search Narrative is similar to the Literacy Narrative in that it is a personal essay: one where you reflect on what you did, what you learned, and how you grew. It should include elements of causal analysis and contrasts as you chart what you knew about the topic before you started your research and why it mattered to you and the larger audience. As you develop the paper you should explain what you hoped to learn, lead us through your research process, and your conclusions.
This essay is also an opportunity for you to practice including citations, quotations, summaries, and paraphrases into an essay. Therefore, it should have a Works Cited page with each source and your piece of literature being cited.
As you draft and write your I-Search Narrative, you may want to consider the following:
A discussion of how you found your sources and how you intend to use them.
A couple paragraphs that outline major findings from your research and the sources that influenced these (include proper citations/documentation).
How your sources related to each other. Do they agree, disagree, or a combination of both?
How the assignment changed you as a researcher. What would you do differently next time you have a research paper.
Discuss and reflect on your research process and the changes that occurred along the way and their significance.
900-1200 words not including the Works Cited page.
At least 6 of the academic sources you found while working on the Annotated Bibliography cited in the essay and on the Works Cited page
Type of assignment: Essay