Research Essay

Research Essay


Write a 1000-word research essay about the effects of either:

·  The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident (of 26 April 1986) or

·  The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident (of 11 March 2011)

Your essay should focus on those effects you consider to be the most significant. Your essay should adhere to the Modern Language Association (MLA) essay format and use 12 point Times New Roman typeface throughout. See The Bedford Researcher for information on MLA essay format and requirements. Use the MLA practice template (see MLA Resources in Blackboard) to help you format your sources on your essay’s Works Cited page.

MLA’s own website (see Blackboard link) also has guidance on working with the MLA practice template and on adhering to MLA style. So does the OWL at Perdue (again, see the Blackboard link). Incorporate into your essay at least three items borrowed from twosecondary sources and then document your sources according to MLA requirements.

This means that your paper will have at least two parenthetical in‑text citations as well as a concluding page titled “Works Cited” where the required bibliographic information about your sources is presented in the format MLA wants.

Examples of appropriate secondary sources to borrow from include magazines, journals, newspapers, databases (the MDC Library offers you free access to lots of databases), books, films, government publications, and encyclopedias. Again, avoid open sources like Wikipedia. 

Submit your essay to the appropriate drop box in Blackboard. As always, follow the conventions of standard edited American English. Please be your own editor and proofreader!