12-10-2012 03:49 PM
Hi myFICO members!
So it's finals week and I have a research paper due in ten days. It is ten pages long and so far I only got the introduction down lol. (2 page intro)
I am doing my research paper on credit cards.
My format so far is:
I. Introduction (Told a story about my first experience with credit cards)
II. First Body Paragraph
- Topic : History of Credit Cards
-- Sub topic: FICO and Report
III. Second Body Paragraph
- Topic: Economics
-- Subtopic: Credit Card Act of 2009? not sure if this applies to econ.
IV. Third Body Paragraph
- Topic: Statistics?
I need at least 8 sources and was hoping that you guys would know some legit sites for info based on my topics.
I can also use direct quotes from you guys.
Please feel free to leave any comments or share ideas that may be relevent to this subject! Thank you!
12-11-2012 01:27 AM
Former English teacher here...20% UTIL in an introduction is too high. I would ding your grade FICO for that!
Intro should be 1/2 page tops (Single paragraph) on a 10pg paper. It's best to avoid first-person story-telling in a scholarly paper, so if you can edit yours to a 3rd person, that would be better. Also, watch your sources. Anything non-academic (i.e. MyFICO, Wiki) won't count as a required source. You will need to do some legwork to find books, scholarly articles, etc. I'm also not sure I would refer to anything done by a pop-culture Suze Orman-type resource.
As for your outline, I'd be tempted to put the Credit Card Act in a 4th section (history leading up to it, process of enactment, consequences), then have a 5th section that provides an indepth summary proving your thesis. Conclusion should be the same as the intro, paragraph bookending the intro to wrap it all up in a neat package.
Sorry I don't have any resources for you off the cuff, but I saw "research paper" and the English teacher in me reared its ugly head.
12-11-2012 05:04 PM