She questioned the assumption that womanly jobs, such as breastfeeding, were inferior to manly ones, such as war.
Now that we have packaged baby formula and female fighter pilots, we may have to rethink some of her specific points, but her overall argument is still valid.
Let’s consider the term “research.”Outside the classroom, if I want to “research” which phone I should buy, I would start with Google; I would watch some You Tube unboxing videos, and ask my friends on social media for their opinions.
I’d assume somebody already has written about or knows about the latest phones, and the goal of my “research” is to find what the people I trust think is the correct answer.
An entomologist goes into the forest, catches hundreds or thousands of butterflies, and finds one that nobody has ever catalogued before.
If she had simply Googled for “butterflies of Pennsylvania” there would be no information about the anatomy or habits of that undiscovered species.In general, however, a college research paper typically asks you to use evidence to defend some non-obvious, nuanced point about a complex topic.As you start taking upper-level courses in your major, you will probably have the chance to get more intellectually daring later on, but for now — unless your instructor has told you otherwise — just stick to the basics.Part of revision involves identifying strong ideas and making them more prominent, identifying filler and other weak material, and pruning it away to leave more room to develop your best ideas.Before you submit your draft, make sure the title, the introduction, and the conclusion match.But your professor probably will want you to consult cutting-edge journal articles, written by credentialed experts who are presenting their results to other experts (in excruciating detail that 99.99% of us non-experts will probably find boring).The point is, “research” means different things in different contexts.(I am amazed at how many students overlook this simple step.) A short undergraduate research paper is not the proper occasion for you to tackle huge issues, such as, “Was Shakespeare’s Best Tragedy?” or “Women’s Struggle for Equality” or “How to Eliminate Racism.” You won’t be graded down simply because you don’t have all the answers right away.What does your college professor mean by a “research essay”?Your professor has probably already given you an assignment description — that’s really your best source for understanding the particular assignment your professor wants you to submit.