Requirements for a Polished Rough Draft: Pose--and answer--a central question. Although the I-search paper incorporates personal experience, at heart, IT IS A RESEARCH PAPER, not a personal narrative Describe and convey to your audience the personal connection you have with your topic. This is a required component--you must have some "skin in the game" and we need to know the extent of your involvement. 2000 words Include direct quotes, summaries, or paraphrases from at least 7 print or electronic sources, and from at least 3 interviews. Use in-text, parenthetical citations (APA style) Include a References Page (APA style).