• Students should refer to the attached list of research paper topics. You must choose one topic and develop it into a research paper. Any paper submitted that has not chosen from the provided list will be automatically rejected.
• Chapter 30 of your textbook provides essential information on constructing a literary research paper. Students should refer to this chapter before and during their project.
• The research paper’s topic must be stated within one sentence: the thesis statement.
• Papers should range from 5-7 pages
• This assignment should be a minimum of 5 pages of text (this does not include the title page, citations, or the Works Cited Page). Obviously, any paper shorter than the minimum length will lose credit.
3) Title Page
• This is a requirement of the assignment
• Titles should reflect the general idea of the research.
4) Page Set Up
• Papers should have 1 inch margins ( do not depend on your computer’s default)
• Double space your work and use 12 , Times New Roman or Arial font
• Papers should have page numbers and be stapled or clipped
• Students should follow the MLA style manual (Your best resource for the latest requirements is: http://owl.english.perdue.edu )
• Students should expect to use about 3 or 4 secondary (critical) sources for the basis of their research (although these are not set numbers)
• Only 2 sources may come from the World Wide Web (this does NOT include articles found through subscription databases)
• Acceptable, scholarly sources must support this topic. If an unacceptable source is used, the paper will be downgraded severely. Guidelines to acceptable sources are found in both textbooks and will be discussed at length in class.
6) Submission schedule
This research project consists of 3 stages:
1. Submission of a proposal
2. Submission of the first page of the research paper and the Works Cited page
3. Submission of a research paper