What's the longest research/critical paper you've ever written?

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  1. irain macrumors regular

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    What's the longest one you've ever written?

    I, for one, have just completed a 20-page research paper for my Honors Asian-Studies class (prep-class for AP U.S. History).

    My topic was on whether or not Japan should become a nuclear power.
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    21 pages. I hope I never have to do anything like that ever again ever.
     
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    depends on how you define "written" and "research" but my degree project (graphic design BFA) was a book (actually one book in 12 volumes) totaling about 3000 pages with one image per page. it was not linguistic "writing," but it was a visual language and it was research.

    as far as actual "words" i did a 25 page paper a while back.
     
  4. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really remember, but I think I did:

    a 20 page English paper on John Constable (Romantic painter) for junior year English in highschool

    a 20 page Economics paper on how subsidies of US agricultural products affect developing countries, differently affect people within those countries, and how it affects the US itself. I did this for junior year economics in college.

    And I think I did another, but I totally can't remember (fried from finals).
     
  5. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    My PhD dissertation was a tidy 160 pages, not like those 400-pagers that some people put out. That's the most I've written.
     
  6. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    52 pages handed it in last week... before that my most was 43 pages...

    next one will be 100 pages minimum:cool:
     
  7. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    I can't imagine writing that much. I don't think I've ever done more than like a 7 page paper.
     
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    I once wrote a 10 page paper on the Tuatara (rare branch of reptile species). I did that when I was in 6th grade (12 y/o)
     
  10. eva01 macrumors 601

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    not that this counts but I wrote a 25-30 page genetics lab report on: Restriction Endonuclease, lysase (I think), Transcription, Translation, E.coli, Plasmid DNA, Amphicilin (sp), another antibiotic that starts with a K, can't remember name, and transformation.

    Basically we cut a plasmid DNA added in a resistance gene, then transformed it into the E.coli making it resistant to antibiotics.
     
  11. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    oh I remember this lab exercise from my molecular genetics class... did you run the gels to prove that there was a genetic change beside the survival in antibiotic growth medium? :rolleyes: :D :eek:
     
  12. eva01 macrumors 601

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    yes we did southern blots before transformation and after.

    And of multiple colonies, since of course some colonies may have gotten a mutation randomly.

    It was a very fun lab

    I think my Introduction and materials and methods was 14 pages alone.
     
  13. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Probably not too long at all, certainly not 20+ pages. If I'm writing about something I really care about, I can go on and on. In high school, I wrote a research paper about violence in videogames and their effect (or lack thereof) on the people who play them, and since I love videogames and believe that violence does not have negative effects, I was able to go on and on, producing a pretty long research paper, and it was good too, because I got an A on it (I never get As in English). But if it's a topic that was just randomly assigned to me and I couldn't care less about it, I'm lucky to get 5 pages and a B
     
  14. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I had to go look in my paper archives to find it again, and my intro, material and methods are 22 pages !!! the results and discussion are another 17... so 39 total for one lab paper...wow... those were the days...
    now I can just write something like this for the methods : "as in Doe et al. 1999" and skip 10 pages of text, grr.
     
  15. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    Heh, I too have been through this exact lab-course, guess basic courses in molecular biology are pretty much the same everywhere.

    Anywho, the longest paper I've ever written is my master thesis currently residing on my hdd. Approximately 100 pages to be delivered on January 4th. About research I've done into the molecular biology of Chlamydia.
     
  16. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Strictly words? A research document about game design for college. I basically analysed every 2D that had been considered good, came up to about 20 pages. I do use a small font :eek: did it for years until the first year of university where they said "oi, James, bigger font". ho hum.

    Got a feeling I'll be writing a huge project soon though. Protocol Analysis too.
     
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    My longest paper was a measly 8 pages on "No Child Left Behind" for my Honors Freshman English class last year at Penn State. I had a hard time thinking of enough crap to fill 8 pages! I don't know how some of you guys can write these 20+ (and in some cases over 100! :eek: ) page papers! I guess I just get to the point too quickly... :eek:
     
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    My undergrad thesis was about 65 pages I think...which is by the far the most I've written. Most papers in college were in the 7-10 page range for me. I know some art history majors had *multiple* papers of *over 100* pages each. Ouch.
     
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    I just wanted to look in this form and see how much these other majors had to suffer.. I'm an art student so I never had to write a huge paper.. For English class I think my longest paper was about 14 pages... I thought I was dead when I reached half way point. I think there should be a forum on how many nights you stayed up doing a sculpture project :)
     
  23. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yeah...definitely a sweet lab. We did it in my high school honors bio class...it was way ahead of what we had been doing and we didn't have a great grasp on it, and the teacher did simplify some things for us, but it was still really cool to see the comparison between different antibiotics attacking the e.coli.

    Our teacher didn't really do anything by the book, but that class wound up being one of my best classes in high school and definitely my favorite teacher.

    btw I think it was ligase and ampycillin, not that anyone really cares. :p


    My longest paper was a 10 or 11 page american history term paper on the causes of the dust bowl. Really, really cool stuff that makes big ties between group psychology and environmental science. :)

    edit: I'm also only a freshman in college, and I expect much bigger papers to come...*cringes*
     
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    Beware OutThere... Beware.. The best is yet to come :eek:
     
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