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You have to write a research paper.You are free to pick your own topic, but you must analyze at least one of the works studied during this term. Your paper should follow the most current MLA guidelines. In your paper, you must use peer-reviewed, scholarly (primary and secondary) humanities sources. The final paper should be 5-7 pages long (body/text only)a no more, no fewer. You may submit your paper anytime during the semester, but no later than the due date.

This is the instruction for the paper proposal:


1.Do your project on a separate Word File and save it in your computer;

2. Your file should be labeled your last name + MLA Proj;

3. Use RFT or an Word 97 version to save. Your file should end this way:

your last name-MLA Proj.doc or.rft

MLA Project Explanation:

What I have termed MLA Project is actually the first steps you have to take as you prepare to write a research paper. For class and grade purposes the first phase (MLA Project) and the final (the actual paper) will be treated and graded separately a and independently from each other. Even if you choose not to do phase two (to write a paper), you still need to do phase one in order to get a decent, passing grade in the course.

What you have to do for the MLA Project:

1. Come up with a tentative title for a paper you are proposing to write. I say a?tentativea? because after you finish your research, you may decide to change the title. So, why choose a tentative title? Because a title (even if you change it later) helps you focus. A title is actually not even a complete sentence that reflects the idea /thesis of your paper. When choosing a tentative title, you are in fact narrowing the topic of your paper. For example, you could write a papers titled, a?Mothers, Maidens or Whores: The Representation of Female Identity in Literature;a? or a?Representations of Madness in Womenas XIX Century Fiction Written by Women.a? These titles allow you to analyze one of the works we read this semester and apply your thesis to the work in question.Notice that your thesis should be independent from the work you are analyzing. Use a?Persons and Othersa? by Lorraine Code and a?Forbidden Fruits in Clarice Lispectoras a?The Bodyaa? by Santos as models of research papers. Note the both research articles use a work of fiction in order to apply the authorsa theses/hypotheses.

2. Write an abstract of the paper you are proposing to write.

An abstract is a summary, with a clearly stated thesis, and proposed methodology. What is the general/background info on the topic you are proposing? What is your hypothesis or thesis? What are YOU claiming? What works and methods are you going to use in order to prove your thesis? You should read other authorsa abstracts (usually posted in the beginning of the article) as examples/models. In step #3, you will have to identify 20 articles, read those articlesa abstracts.

3. After you have proposed a TITLE and an ABSTRAT, then look for 20 peer-reviewed, scholarly articles that may help you write the paper you proposed in your abstract. You can find good articles in Project Muse or JStor. Make sure you select only ARTICLES (reviews are not acceptable).

Scholarly articles are serious pieces of research. They are usually not shorter than ten-fifteen pages and contain a bibliography of at least five scholarly articles (these are short cheat-tips to check whether your selection is in fact a PEER-REVIEWD, SCHOLARLY ARTICLE).

After you select your twenty sources, READ each articleas Abstract to find out what the article is really about and whether it seems relevant to your proposed research. You may find out that not all sources are actually useful to your topic/approach. After you do this, you will be ready to put together an ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY.

What is an annotated bibliography? A BIBLIOGRAPHY (a list of works on a topic) with an ANNOTATION (a short note describing the article). Note that a BIBLIOGRAPHY is different from a WORKS CITED PAGE because in a Works Cited page you include the works you CITED in your paper, but since you have not written a paper yet, your BIBLIOGRAPHY is a list of works on the topic you proposeda these works can be used to help you write your paper.

After you select your articles and read their abstracts, then writea in your own wordsa a summary of the summary of each article (an annotation). While ABSTRACTS are usually a paragraph-long, an annotation can be 2-5 sentences. Below each article, include your annotation.


The words a?Annotated Bibliographya? centered on top,

Each selected article (in STRICT MLA format) followed by its annotation Go to the MLA Guidelinesa use a book or the Purdue MLA site I posteda and follow the instructions VERY CAREFULLY. If it say italics, do not use underline and so on.

4. Basically your MLA Project will contain two parts:

a. The proposal: Your proposal is your a?tentative Titlea?+ your abstracta? THATa?S IT! Nothing else needed on this a firsta page (your name, of course).

b. The Annotated Bibliography (20 peer-reviewed articles in MLA format with a short, 2-5 sentences, annotation)


Annotated Bibliography

Adams, Joe. a?Article title.a? Journal Title. + all required MLA information

In this article Joe Adams raises the problem of a¦ He uses Mary Janeas book, Great Book to show how his thesis would work on a case such as a¦

Bass, Mary. EVERYTHING IN MLA FORMAT!!! (including line spacing)!


Write a LITERARY research paper on a topic of your choice. Your paper MUST focus and analyze, at least, one of the works we studied this semester. You may use biographical and historical information, but your paper must be a literary analysis with a clearly stated thesis focusing on at least one of the works we studies. You may focus on more that one work. If you write a comparison paper, the second work is not limited to materials studied in this class. Your paper must be 5-7 pages long (bibliography and anything else will not count toward the 5-7 Bodyrequirement). Use Lorraine Codes article, studied this semester, as a model for a good research paper. Notice how Codes thesis stands by itself apart from the work she analyzes (Sartons novel).

Send me your final paper in WORD-97 file or RFT.

MAKE SURE that your attachment reads: yourtitle.doc or yourtitle.rtf

Attachments that say anything (.docx, .htm, etc) at the end of the file name will not translate. Since I am giving you until the last minute to turn in the final paper, there will be no extra time to resubmit it. Make sure you get it right. It is way better to turn it in BEFORE the deadline to avoid any last minute problems.

DUE DATE: Mla proposal before July 26, Final paper before Aug 1. Thanks