Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The following is needed on this order. All separate but need to match to the research paper. A literary research paper outline, literary annotated bibliography, research paper draft and the research paper.
Following the pattern for a formal alphanumeric MLA outline in any grammar handbook (including section 8.2 of Writing for Success), at http://www.santarosa.edu/~kthornle/30/lir_30samplepaper/Hacker-Levi-MLA-Out.pdf, or at the Purdue OWL site, you will organize your ideas for developing the research paper. Each Roman numeral in your outline will reflect a new idea of support for the essay and the outline as a whole will reflect the order of development in your essay.
The Annotated Bibliography is a PREVIEW of ten to twelve scholarly critical sources you might use for the seven to eight sources in the final draft of your literary research paper (it is NOT the same as a Works Cited page, which lists ONLY the works actually used in the paper and does so WITHOUT annotation). This will help me evaluate the course of your research and help you to choose the most appropriate resources.
Finding Sources: You can use Google Scholar, Jurn. All research must be literary criticism, the kind of writing that comments upon your novel. Sources that give author biography or summary of the novel will not work for this assignment. You may also go to a traditional library and review collections of essays regarding the novel or reference material (journals like Contemporary Literary Criticism, for example). Any sources gathered from databases such as these will count toward the number of print sources, as they originally appeared in print; citing, however, will still need to reflect how they were found online as databases.
Encyclopedias, Cliffs Notes, Monarch Notes, Magill’s Surveys, Schmoop, Barron’s Notes, Pink Monkey, Spark Notes, GradeSaver, eNotes, Novel Guides, WIKIPEDIA and any other sources whose primary intent is to summarize information for the reader are not appropriate for this type of paper. Papermills like 123helpme, antiessays, echeat, and the like are also unacceptable sources of information. If you are unsure of your source’s value, please check with a research librarian or your instructor. Be advised that reliable internet sources often end in .org or .edu, although other addresses may be appropriate; no more than two internet sources (those that appear SOLELY on the internet, like webpages) may be used in your paper.
Blogs are not appropriate sources, as their authors’ backgrounds are unknown.
Instructions, definitions of, examples of, and formatting for the MLA Annotated Bibliography can be found at the following website: Purdue OWL Annotated Bibliography. Following the specific format instructions of the MLA section at the Purdue OWL or a grammar handbook, submit your annotated bibliography (include all scholarly critical sources AND your assigned novel—no annotation is needed for the assigned novel).
The Purdue OWL website covers two different formats for a bibliography–APA and MLA. Be sure to view the sample from the MLA handbook. Note that this website also lists the following information for inclusion in annotation; you must include the highlighted information in each annotation:
Brief description/summary of the work cited.
Comments about the work’s usefulness or quality, usually including attention to one or more of the following features:
The scope or relevance of the work.
The intended audience.
The author’s credibility or expertise.
The work’s relationship to other works in the area of study.
Once your sources have been approved and actually used in your research paper, the Annotated Bibliography will be edited and submitted as the Works Cited page for your final draft. The final Works Cited page will contain a minimum of seven sources derived from appropriate books, periodicals, the internet, etc. Each of these sources must be used at least once in the paper to be included in the final Works Cited page. Do not forget to include your primary source (the novel you are researching) on your works cited page, although it does not count as one of the seven required critical sources.
Do not consider the draft a rough draft. Submit the draft as though it is the last copy I will see, even though you will have the chance to make corrections after I return the annotated draft to you. Submitting a complete, thorough draft gives me plenty of material to work with and provides you with solid feedback for making revisions. The draft should be submitted with all its components in a single file—outline, essay, Works Cited page.
Research Paper Guidelines and Instructions
Research Paper Guidelines
You may work ahead of the scheduled dates, but not after. Make sure that you do not get behind. Check the Schedule of Assignments on Syllabus Page 2 for all due dates. Late assignments do not receive grade points.
In determining the grade for the paper, I will consider form (mechanics, grammar), content, documentation, and process. Each will affect the final grade for the paper.
Research papers will have a body of seven to ten (7-10) pages. The paper must also have an outline, and Works Cited page. (These pages are NOT considered as part of the body page count.) You will find a sample research paper, including a sample Works Cited page at the Purdue OWL website. Their website also offers information about outlining; be sure to click through the three subsections regarding outlining. The order of pages in the paper is the outline, body of the paper, then the works cited page. These are all to be saved and sent to me as one document.
The final Works Cited page will contain seven to eight (7-8) sources. The sources will be derived from appropriate books, periodicals, etc., to denote a variety of sources used. Each of the sources used in the Works Cited must be used at least once in the research paper.
Cliffs Notes, Pink Monkey, Magill’s Surveys, Barron Notes, Schmoop, Sparknotes, Masterplots, Monarch Notes, eNotes, Gradesaver, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Prezis, essays from paper mills, Wikipedia, and all other similar sources are NOT appropriate.
You are to follow the MLA 8th edition format and documentation as described at the Purdue OWL site.
Use direct quotations sparingly (no more than 25% of the paper).
Be sure topic is sufficiently limited.
All words should be spelled correctly and errors in sentence structure eliminated.
The level of diction should be formal (no slang, contractions, jargon, or technical terms without definition).
The paper should be well written and scholarly.
All borrowed information must be noted whether quoted or paraphrased.
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