Text: The research paper is a documented prose work resulting from an organized analysis of a subject. Your paper will examine a particular writer’s work.  The book you have chosen to read will be the focus of your research paper.  It is not a biographical sketch of the writer; however, you may include biographical information if it relates to your thesis.  It is not a plot summary; I can read the book or play for that.  Primarily, you are going to take a position about the work and use specific events or quotes from the work to support and explain that position.  Your thesis statement will be based upon this position. In addition, you are going to examine what literary critics have to say concerning the work.  You must read the work prior to beginning your Format: Research papers must be typed and formatted according to MLA documentation style.  This includes using Times New Roman, 12 point font.  You will be expected to list each of your sources in proper MLA format on the Works Cited page at the end of your research paper.  You will also use proper MLA parenthetical internal documentation throughout your paper. The New McGraw-Hill Handbook or an MLA guidebook is an absolute necessity.  You cannot pass the research paper if your format is wrong!

Length: A minimum of five full pages of text (double-spaced).  In addition, you will include  a Works Cited page.

Sources: A minimum of five (5) sources is required.  You must have four (4) secondary sources quoted directly in the body paragraphs (there should be at least 1 secondary source permain point).  You cannot pass the research paper without including four secondary sources.  The literary work you have chosen (novel or play) will count as a fifth source, the primary source.  There are many sources available for literary research, and I expect you to use a variety of sources.  You should use at least one article as a source, and you can have only one Internet source.  MasterplotsCliffs Notes, Spark Notes, eNotes, Grade Saver, Wikipedia, and Classic Notes DO NOT count as a source.