The length of the research paper for this section of EN102 is 5-7 pages, not including the Works Cited page. The paper should follow MLA or APA format (either one, but stay consistent), which we will discuss in class (and which is also available on the college library website). A paper of less than 5 full pages will have a reduction of 4-8 points; and papers have to be at least 4 pages to be accepted.
Your paper should include direct quotations from the primary text (or texts) that supports the point you are making in the paragraph. Be sure to explain how the quotation supports the point you’re making. The paper should also contain at least one direct quotation from each secondary source.
The research paper should be written by you specifically for this class, and not something that was previously written for another class. If you consult with friends or classmates about your paper, please credit them. Remember that having someone else write your paper is plagiarism; by submitting a paper to class you are claiming that it is your work.
Please only use “paraphrase generators” for very short phrases, or not at all. The text they produce is often very poorly written and difficult to understand.
Format, grammar, organization, and clarity will all count toward the grade. Comma splices, fused sentences, or fragments will affect the paper’s grade. I am available for questions, feedback, or appointments after class or by email. As a reminder, The Writing Center is located in Rm. A-25 and provides tutoring by English professors for all English 101 &102 students. Tutoring is also available through the Center for Academic and Student Success (CASS) at 856-691-8600 ext. 1300.
Topics (select one):
– * Compare the use of the word “dream” in the three Langston Hughes poems “Dreams,” “Harlem/Dream Deferred,” and “Let America Be America Again.” Discuss his attitude toward dreaming in each work, and draw a conclusion about how this word and concept was important to Hughes.
Preliminary steps in a literary research paper:
Form a preliminary thesis (different from a topic)
Collect data and information
– Review your text for material that supports your thesis
– Read secondary sources about your text(s) or related materials
Annotate (make notes on) the text, literary criticism articles, and secondary sources
Do freewriting before and after reading secondary sources
Strategies for editing and finalizing your paper:
Read your paper aloud to yourself or a friend.
Read your paper backwards, sentence by sentence, to catch sentence fragments or run-ons (fused sentences or comma splices).
Have someone else review your paper.
Re-read your paper after leaving it for a day or more.