What About the Freshman Research Paper?
The News Letter of the College English Association
The very presence of the research paper in the composition course is, as academic things go, rather new, and its position and purpose still need clarification. It is even possible to question its having any place at all in our work. But it makes little freshman hands and minds go through the motions of grown-up research, and in many cases it gives non-literary students a strenuous but welcome holiday from a conservative book of readings.
Betz, Siegmund A.E., "What About the Freshman Research Paper?" (1941). Faculty Scholarship. 393.