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Student 1 ASU English 2131 Bibliography and Research Paper Guidelines and Templates GENERAL GUIDELINES AND TOPIC CHOICES The purpose of a research paper is for students to demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic within the realm of our class. Our realm is American literature from “the beginning” until 1865. For your paper, please follow these general requirements: 1. Choose one of the following topics: a. Take no more than three pieces of literature from the pieces we have covered this semester and discuss whether given the opportunity to thrive hindered or helped individuals in you selected pieces. b. Take no more than three pieces of literature from the pieces we have covered this semester and discuss what qualities identify them clearly as belonging to their time and/or literary period (Puritanism, Enlightenment, Transcendentalism, Romanticism). c. Take no more than three pieces of literature with the same theme from the pieces we have covered, and examine how they all treat that one particular theme. Themes may include slavery, the plight of the Native Americans, women, the birth of our country. 2. Your paper must reflect the period which we are covering: “the beginning” to 1865 (the end of Romanticism). 3. Your paper MUST have a literary focus, but it CANNOT be a simple biography of one or more authors or the summary of some pieces of literature. Similarly, you CANNOT write a history, sociology, psychology, etc. paper. For example, if you choose the theme of slavery, you CANNOT write a “story of slavery in the US” paper. You CANNOT write a Student 2 “psychological examination of slaves” paper. You CANNOT write a “contributions of slaves to America’s development” paper. You MUST focus on the literature at hand. 4. The author(s) and the piece(s) you are writing about MUST appear in our anthology. 5. In your paper, present an argumentative point (claim) and use the paper to support it. 6. Write the minimum of 1250 and the maximum of 1500 words. (Writing more than required is as bad as not meeting the minimum.) If you do not write at least 1250 words, your paper will have no chance of receiving a grade higher than 70. Student 3 TOPIC PROPOSAL I will NOT require a topic proposal from you because you do not have a completely free hand in choosing your topic. However… 1. …I will give you three extra-credit points if you send me an e-mail (see the deadline in the Week 12 section of the Syllabus) in which you answer BRIEFLY the following questions: a. Which topic you are choosing? b. Which literary piece(s) you are choosing (no more than three) from the pieces we have covered? c. Why? d. What is your working thesis (argument)? Student 4 The Bibliography 1. Your bibliography must contain at least the following: a. Your primary source(s) from the textbook volumes A and B. The primary source(s) is/are the pieces you are writing about, so you need at least one. You may choose two-three pieces if you plan to write a comparison-contrast paper. b. At least two scholarly books (print or e-books) (your textbooks cannot take the place of scholarly books!), c. At least two scholarly articles from an academic journal, d. One respectable/credible, nationally recognized Website. 2. Here are some credible sources in order of importance (the closer to the bottom of the list, the less suitable for serious academic research): a. Books on your topic, written by experts on the subject. Can be print or e-books. (Your textbook/primary source(s) cannot be one of these books!) b. Scholarly articles written by experts. You can find such articles in academic journals at libraries or online at ASU’s libraries. Ask a librarian for help. c. Articles found online (as the result of a Google/Google Scholar search) but written by experts. d. Articles published on .org, .edu, and .gov Websites. e. Articles published in credible magazines and newspapers. f. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. (references in which headers are organized alphabetically) are credible sources but CANNOT be one of your five sources. 3. Non-credible sources are (these you cannot use): a. Sources that do not reveal their authors. Student 5 b. (it does not list authors) c. .com Websites are NOT allowed, unless they are affiliated by credible newspapers (, magazines (, and television stations ( (The sites in parentheses are examples; you can use others as long as they are credible.) d. There are some college-paper selling Websites, such as,,, and others. I hope you do not even consider visiting these sites! 4. Sources and citations MUST be formatted according to MLA guidelines you have learned in this class (MLA 8th edition). 5. Alphabetize the entries on the bibliography (and on the Works Cited page in your paper). Student 6 Susie Student Dr. Anita Underwood English 1102 14 September 2019 Bibliography Avery, Tamlyn E. “The Crisis of Coming of Age in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and the Late Harlem Bildungsroman.” Limina, vol. 20, no. 2, Dec. 2014, pp. 1-17. Galileo, www of Age_Battle Royal_Ralph Ellison. Claxton, Mae Miller. “Migrations and Transformations: Human and Nonhuman Nature in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path.” Southern Literary Journal, vol. 47, no. 2, Spring 2015, pp. 73-88. Galileo, www. galileo/human nature_ A Worn Path_Eudora Welty Dilgen, Regina. “Addressing Ageism through Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path.” Radical Teacher, no. 98, Winter2014, pp. 62-63.Galileo, A Worn Path_ Eudora Welty Howells, William Dean. “Editha.” Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1865-1914. Vol. C, 9 th ed. General editor, Robert S. Levin, Norton, 2017, pp. 353-363. Quawas, Rula. “A New Woman’s Journey into Insanity: Descent and Return in the Yellow Wallpaper.” AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian University of Modern Language Association, no. 105, May 2006, pp. 35-53. EBSCOhost, lh&AN=21532183&site=eds-live&scope=site. Student 7 Rao, K. V. Rama. “The Yellow Wallpaper—a Dynamic Symbol: A Study of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Story.” Poetcrit, vol. 19, no. 1, Jan. 2006, pp. 38-44. EBSCOhost, lh&AN=20771460&site=eds-live&scope=site. Student 8 Susie Student Dr. Anita Underwood English 2131 14 September 2019 Give Your Paper an Engaging Title Each paragraph of your paper should be indented by 0.5 inches. Each line should be uniformly double-spaced. Write between 1250-1500 words. Make sure your paper has a clear thesis (argument/claim). I will be happy to go over your thesis if you e-mail it to me in advance. The bibliography you submitted earlier will become the Works Cited page. You MAY add and delete sources in the final version of your paper, but only as long as you end up with the required types and number of sources. Do not plagiarize. It is not worth it. Quote—but sparingly—from your chosen works and your secondary sources. Cite all quotations. When you paraphrase and/or summarize ideas from the secondary sources, cite them. Do NOT labor under the misconception that only quotations must be cite. ALL borrowed information must be cited! All sources you put on the Works Cited page MUST be presented inside the text with appropriate, MLA-formatted in-text citations. Using Works Cited page without in-text citations is a form of plagiarism and I will not overlook it. The opposite it true as well: using in-text citations but no corresponding works cited entries. Use the Checklist to avoid mistakes. Submit your paper to the Writing Center on campus or online or to Smarthinking for an additional pair of eyes. Submit any feedback you receive from the Writing Center and/or the Smarthinking tutors for 5 extra points. Submit the Checklist along with the paper.

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