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GUIDELINES FOR PAPERS 1) Remember everything you learned in Composition class: --Your paper should have a clear thesis statement and a well-developed argument. --You should have both an introduction and a conclusion. --There should be specific examples and quotations backing up your argument at every stage. --All quotations should be cited in MLA format. 2) In comparative papers, make sure you actually offer specific comparisons and points of contrast between works. This is an essential part of the paper! Simply laying three separate paragraphs on three separate works side by side does not constitute comparison. 3) Focus on the question you are choosing to answer. Don’t take this as an opportunity to write everything you know about the works or the period in question. 4) By the same token, don’t simply repeat to me what I’ve said in class; every paper topic offers the opportunity for individual observations and original thought, and no paper will earn an A without exhibiting both. PRESENTATION DOS AND DON’TS: 1) Please present your paper in MLA style , as you learned to do in Comp. This means citing your quotations in parenthetical style. The form is (Joyce 1142)—no commas; use the author’s name, not “Longman” or the title. If you are citing a poem, use not the page number but the line number. If you are citing a story from a handout, use the pages of the handout as your guide. For the purposes of this class, unless you are
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