ENGL 1302 Writing a Research Paper

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Writing a Research Paper on a Work of Literature ENGL 1302
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Evaluating Sources Most reputable sources: 1. Books published by academic and university presses 2. Articles in scholarly and professional journals 3. Articles in prominent and reputable newspapers
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Questions on Sources Is the information recent? If not, is the validity of the information likely to have changed? How credible is the author? Is he/she an expert on the subject? Does the argument seem sound, fair, thoughtful? Is the evidence convincing?
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Questions for Evaluating Web Sources Is it a reputable source? Is there an identified author? Does it explain how the data was obtained? Does it appear to misuse any data? Is the information it presents consistent with other material you have found? If not, does it provide adequate support for its claims?
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Taking Notes on Sources Write down everything that might be useful later—remember to include author and title Write down page numbers and double- check facts and spellings Think about why you chose to write down a particular idea—write a commentary on it Differentiate your ideas/words from those of your source!
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Drafting the Research Paper Revisit tentative claim (thesis) and refine as needed In outline, figure out where each source might fit as evidence Avoid using your comments as glue holding together other people’s ideas Construct an argument of your own using secondary sources to support your structure of claims and evidence
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Integrating Sources The source is an article, “The Temper of the 1920s” by Frederick J. Hoffman. In “The Temper of the 1920s,” literary historian Fredrick J. Hoffman argues that the young American writers of the 1920s rejected the values and conventions of America’s literary tradition, pointed to World War I as a sign that Western civilization had failed them, and turned to art as the source of meaning.
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This note was uploaded on 01/07/2012 for the course ENG 1302 taught by Professor Martak.moore during the Spring '11 term at Collins.

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