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Like your first paper, each of you will need to select a text, author, or group of texts from the syllabus around which to build an argument or interpretation. The main difference in this paper is that you will need to the following:

  • Write 6 to 8 pages of text, not including the works cited
  • Use at least five academic sources (articles or books) as evidence to support your argument
  • Prepare an annotated bibliography prior to your first draft of the paper

A successful paper will do the following:

  • A lively argument
  • A final draft that is both revised and edited
  • A strong introduction that includes a clear thesis and references the writer or writers about whom you are writing
  • A conclusion that ties together your major points and then expands the conversation through analysis
  • Key quotes from the texts under discussion to provide the basis for your analysis
  • The use of internal citations for quotes, MLA style
  • The use of signal phrases for said quotes
  • An MLA works cited page (which should be numbered but is not part of the minimum page count)
  • Citations for any additional sources
  • A complete absence of plagiarism
  • A strict compliance with the MLA paper format guidelines, particularly with margins, spacing, and font. I consider mechanical tricks to manipulate the length of your paper disrespectful of the hard work of your classmates and take off for it.
  • The paper should be printed in 12 point Times New Roman Font and have 1" margins with a zero gutter.
Those of you who want to look up additional sources can do so, but it is not required. I recommend the following sources available through our library (you may need to log into the Library page to access them): Friendly Warnings:
  • Wikipedia is not a legitimate source in this college-level class, although it can point to other sources that would be considered legitimate. Make sure that you can defend the decision to use specific online sources if challenged.
  • If you choose to make comparisons between events from the course and contemporary issues or events, I urge you to make sure the focus of the paper is at least 60% on the class material.



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