As you work on your Research Paper, here are some important points to remember.


As you work on your Research Paper, here are some important points to remember.
Your research paper will be the answer to these 3 questions:
1. What are you proving about the way the text is written?
2. How does your evidence support your argument?
3. How is your argument crucial and critical to understanding the length is 4 pages This does not include the Works Cited page
Your critical sources must be approved BEFORE the final version of the Research Paper is turned in.
You will create an argument as a thesis and support it with specific quotes and concrete examples from the text as well as outside critical sources. You will need 5 critical sources BESIDES the text itself . You will need to have at least 3 quotations from EACH critical source.
When you are writing your research paper, remember the following:
1. Don’t start with a general statement. Your focus is always the text, and what it consists of. Every sentence you write must refer ONLY to the text. Think of your argument as the answer to a question. The purpose of a research paper is to analyze a specific element or character in the text. The narrower your argument is, the stronger your argument. Social or Historical context (for example, Women’s rights, racism, World War II) is only important as far as it is described by the author in the text. Write only what is true for the text.
2. Be sure to incorporate your quotes from the text and from the critical sources into your argument. These quotes are the evidence to prove that your argument is accurate and critical to understanding the text. You need to always do three steps:
– Explain the meaning of the quote.
– Show how the quote supports your argument
– Show how the quote is critical in understanding the text
3. Don’t use “I” or “in my opinion”, or ” in this essay” . You do not need to announce yourself. Just focus on the proving the argument.
**DON’T USE GENERAL TERMS SUCH AS, “NEGATIVE, MINDSET, UTILIZE, FROM THE BEGINING OF TIME, HUMANS, KIDS, PEOPLE, 30,000 FOOT VIEW, OK, MOM, or DAD.”
4. Don’t summarize the plot. You are writing for an informed audience. Only give events from the text as a focus for your argument.
5. Your conclusion should be an answer to the question “why is my argument important?” Do not use the phrase “in conclusion”. Demonstrate the importance of your argument; don’t try to replace this critical element with a banner that tells the reader “I am going to end my paper now”.
6. Be sure to make your argument specific. Choose a specific character, or specific theme or element. Do not try to include every part of your text. Your research paper should a intensive exploration of a critical part of the text, NOT a shallow survey of everything that exists in the text
7. Use paragraphs. Each paragraph should focus on 1 point of your argument. When you focus on a different point, use a different paragraph.
8. Be sure to form your argument to prove “Why and How”. Your focus is always the written language in the text, not your opinion of a related general topic.
9. PROOFREAD FOR CORRECT GRAMMAR.
CHECK FOR CORRECT USE OF POSSESSIVE FORM.
CORRECT ANY FRAGMENTS, COMMA SPLICES, AND FUSED SENTENCES.
PROOFREAD FOR CORRECT SPELLING.
Please contact me if you have any questions about this information.


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