C.A.R. Part #10 - The Appendix
The Appendix contains all of the supplementary materials that are too cumbersome to include directly in the text of your C.A.R. paper. However, this material is vital in providing a comprehensive understanding of the research question, which is why it is housed in this section. For instance, this is where you would include your survey in its entirety. While you discussed your survey in the Research Process and Data Analysis sections, it would have been exhaustive to discuss each and every question, especially if you were to type them out exactly as they appeared in their original format. As such, you can make references to your survey and inform the reader to look in the Appendix to see a copy of it. This allows for your paper to retain a natural "flow" to it without getting too bogged down in details. You will need to include an electronic copy of your survey(s) and/or interview(s). For surveys, a tally sheet will also need to be included. This means if your survey was made up of multiple-choice questions, you need a copy of the survey with how many selected A, B, C, etc. If you further broke your survey down by grade-level, gender, race, and so forth, additional sheets with those tallies will also need to be included. Questions that prompted extended response answers do not need to be submitted. For interviews, a copy of your questions, the interviewee's answers, and a transcript of the full interview itself (meaning the dialogue between the two of you) must be included in the Appendix. This includes interview answers that did not end up being used in your final paper. (NOTE: When you are done tallying your surveys... do NOT throw them away! All surveys will need to be kept for four years. You are not responsible for retaining this material. Rather, bring it in to class, and Dr. Hartnell will put it in a filing cabinet. After four years, all surveys will be shredded. This is done in the event any future researcher wishes to look at your raw numbers or if concerns arise over the validity of what you reported.)
Dr. Hartnell's Helpful Hints
1. Put YOUR last name and the page number in the upper-right corner.
2. The word Appendix (in bold) appears at the top of this page. It is centered on the page. Your paper should already be set to "double-spaced", which means all you need to do is hit the "Enter" key ONCE to ensure the proper spacing between the word Appendix and the start of your text.
3. Hit "Enter" again to begin your first entry of your Appendix. In many cases, you can simple use the "Copy & Paste" function to insert your survey into the Appendix. If this throws off your margins, however, another option is to scan the survey's pages into your computer or do a "screen shot" of your survey and insert it onto the page in picture form.
5. LENGTH: The Appendix will vary greatly in length due to the number of surveys, interviews, etc. that you used. You are required to have at least one survey in order to collect data for your research question. In addition to that, you must include tallied results from your survey, which often times are typed onto a blank copy of the survey. (If you did an interview, you will need to include the questions, the interviewee's responses, and a transcript of the dialogue between the two of you.) As such, your Appendix should be at least 2 pages in length. This would indicate you did a 1-page survey and included a 1-page tally sheet. In most cases, your Appendix will be longer than 2 pages.