After you have chosen which theme
or themes you want to apply to your research paper and have completed your
sentence outline ( an outline of the theme from the article or essay you
chose), you are to start looking for that theme in the novel or selection and
how it is presented or represented..
Since your research paper is a
literary analysis paper, you will be looking for how your particular theme
works in the novel/selection once you begin your paper. I suggest that you do not attempt to work on
the paper until you have a clear and concise understanding of your theme and
have read the entire novel/selection.
Make sure you mark significant
passages in your novel/selection that will help to strengthen your argument.
Always introduce your direct
quotation, paraphrase and summary. Also make sure you comment afterwards. By doing this introduction and commentary,
your voice will be sure to be heard in the paper.
Make sure you remain as objective
as possible. Note using the first person “I” in a paper makes it subjective.
The second person “you” is not an indefinite pronoun. A useful pronoun to use is “one” then follow
it with “s/he.” Or make the subject
plural and follow it with “they.”
The length of your paper should be
6-8 full pages for ENGL 102 and 8-10 for Humanities with the Works
Cited page not counting as one of those pages.
All pages should be numbered
beginning with the first and ending with the Works Cited page. Papers are to be
submitted in Word 97-2003.
For a paper this length you should
have at least 6 sources. Three of these
sources must be critical, from a collection of essays or an article in a
refereed journal. A refereed journal is
a journal that specializes in the topic where the paper has been sent to at
least three of the author’s peers and then published. Do not use Wikipedia as a source. You may use it as a means to obtain a clear
and precise idea of you topic. Sometimes
Wikipedia will give you a link to a credible source that you may be able to
If you do a cover page, MLA
dictates that an outline of the paper should follow. You will be turning all materials into me in
a portfolio on the due date. Do not bold, underline or italicize
your titles, and please try to be creative with them.
JSTOR, MLA Bibliography,
ABELL are just a few of the databases where you can obtain a refereed
article. They are under Literature
and Languages via of research port.
They are online databases that you can retrieve from the University