Student paper needs:
1) To be 3-5 pages in length, not including your Title Page and your Bibliography.
2) To have a Title Page with either a simple title or creative title. It is just important to have a title. Furthermore, the paper topic must about a definite position the student is taking, try to prove, and attempting to persuade the reader to adopt. The topic can be anything that relates to topics or themes that we have either already covered in class or will cover in class (for the future topics, see syllabus posted on Sakai).
3) To have a Bibliography (i.e., Works Cited) page at the end of your paper (not included as the 3-5 pages). Works must be listed in your Bibliography in the correct format (according to the Chicago Manuel of Style), where author’s names are in alphabetical order, with last name first, comma, then first name. This is followed by all the other proper citation rules.
4) Only include the author’s works in your Bibliography that you either quoted in your paper or cited in your paper. Do not include authors and works that you used in your research. Only include the ones cited.
5) To have text in 12 font in the normal font styles (i.e., no funky fonts), double spaced, with the beginning of each paragraph indented, with the exception of your very first paragraph. The first paragraph of your paper is not indented.
6) To have a minimum of three sources cited. That means I should see at least three authors and their works in your Bibliography. The more authors you have cited, the better because that shows that you did more research. Any less than three cited authors, and you will be marked down.
7) To have each page numbered, with the exception of your title page. So page number 1 should follow your title page, and technically be your second page, although it will be your first page of text. Also, you do not need to have your Bibliography with a page number, but you won’t be marked off if it does have a page number.
8) Have a thesis statement or thesis question that you answer in your paper, which is clearly stated in your introduction. Your thesis statement is the position you have taken, what you believe, and your attempt to prove that position or belief, and persuade the reader to adopt that position.
9) Your introduction should avoid flowery language, stories, “hooks,” or discussions about the history or setting. Your introduction should be very straightforward, whereby you simply and immediately state what you will argue, state your thesis statement, then proceed to state how you will argue for this thesis, outlining your paper for the reader.
10) Always introduce your quotes (i.e., John Smith states, “that the mind is….”), put the period inside the quotation marks when concluding the quote, and then always cite your quote with the author’s name, the title of the work, and page number. Save full bibliographic information, like the publisher and date of publication for your Bibliography.
11) Quotes that are 3 lines or more, or more than 50 words need to be in block quote format.
12) The proper format for your paper is the Chicago Manuel of Style.
13) You can use first person singular (i.e., “in this paper I will attempt to…”) in your paper, or third person plural (i.e., “in this paper we shall see…”, the rule of thumb being pick one style and stick with it. Consistency is everything.
14) Avoid using improper philosophical language like, “I feel that…” or “It is my opinion that…”, since we are not concerned with feelings or opinions, but want to see facts and want to see what you can prove. However, try avoiding too strong of language like, “I will prove…” or “I have proved in this paper…” Instead try saying thing like, “I will attempt to prove,” and let your paper and your arguments speak for themselves, because if you use too strong of language, you will set yourself up for a disastrous critique from your reader.
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