biting off more than I can chew....

Published on May 27 2007

Here I am, writing a "research proposal" for the big paper in my "Reasearch and Analysis" class. "Research Proposal". [snort] They're preparing me to write a Master's Thesis, when I'm still struggling with how to write a %*^$ correctly-formatted citation without resorting to NoodleBib or Citation Machine. I am so out of my element here, and feeling very much like I'm in over my head. But... here goes nothing......
Research Question This paper will attempt to explore reasons behind the controversy over the United States-led War in Iraq. Unlike the First Gulf War of the early 90’s, the Second Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq has been the source of much opposition and tension between states on the international front; as well as opposition on the domestic front. I would like to examine how and whether the theory of jus ad bellum was used as a justification for the current conflict in Iraq. Working Thesis This paper will posit that the current conflict in Iraq did not conform to the theory of jus ad bellum in the classic sense of intrastate relations. At the same time, the classic theory may be changing due to the changing nature of warfare due to the rise in terrorism.
How's THAT for a lousy thesis?! Just once, I'd like to make a damn statement without trying to see both sides.

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[...] the writing is blocked, the blocked must go [...]
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Oh, I'm sure there is some sort of "reader" for the files, but it's just easier to make us save them backwards.
Except for those of us who can't remember our names most days, let alone to save a file with in "backwards compatability mode". Yes, it really does call it that.
When do I get to see the pages you maintain?
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Yeah, my English prof rammed thesis this and thesis that into our heads and Paul musta had the same treatment, because he'd always ask me to check his thesis statements. So I know a lot about writing a succinct thesis statement, but surprisingly little about how to justify my arguments, ha ha ha.

Hooray Microsoft! There's no compatibility there? That's really weird. Speaking of MS, work has me using their new program Expression Web as the next step after Frontpage. I feel like a traitor, but I really like the program!
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Hmmm, that's a lot closer to the point.

I modeled mine after both the example in the text (which was, admittedly, pretty slim); and after a couple of proposals I found while surfing. There was a lot of "this paper" and "this author" in them--made me wonder where "I" am, lol.

I already got jumped on for using Word2007--apparently users of Word2003 can't open the files. Ooops.
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We learned about 1, 2 and 3-tier thesis statements. The first tier is making just a statement (x), the second tier is saying although x, y (seeing both sides) and the 3rd tier is saying although x, y is true due to z and z (confusing, but basically stretching out the thesis so there's no room to say, well that's obvious when reading it).

I would say take out the reference to this paper and try to smash it down into one long sentence--so like, "The current conflict in Iraq did not conform to the theory of jus ad bellum in the classic sense of intrastate relations, yet the classic theory may be changing due to the changing nature of warfare due to the rise in terrorism."
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