You should refer to scholarly sources (ideally 4 or more), diverse scholarly sources and your field study in making your argument.
YOU MUST include a Works Cited/References page listing all the sources actually cited in your essay, including interviews. Donâ€™t forget to alphabetize your list.
Title your essay!
While you are using all kinds of outside information in this project, you should keep in mind that this essay is NOT A REPORT. This essay will have something to say that is meaningful to you and to others, something YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE about your topic. To that end, each paragraph should make a point thatâ€™s part of the case youâ€™re building for your thesis rather than just provide background information. The basic structure of each paragraph and the essay as a whole should be: claim backed up by evidence (evidence being either specifics from your secondary sources, authoritative statements from credible sources, or specifics/quotes from your field study).
Be careful that quotes make up no more than 10% of your paperâ€”all key ideas need to be stated in your own words, even if you use a quote from an authority as evidence. Donâ€™t string quotes togetherâ€”your own argument that should be at the forefront of your paper.
Remember that your audience is neither your instructor nor a classmateâ€”your audience is an anonymous reader who does not know the specifics of your project, a reader who was part of the panel that might have funded your project or a reader who might consider your paper for publication/presentation in an undergraduate magazine or conference.