“Research Paper €“ Instructions

Delivery Length: 5 pages excluding the work cited page
For your research paper, you will write a literary analysis of one of the assigned readings this quarter. To support your analysis, you must use at least five secondary sources from the library in addition to the literary work from the textbook. The paper must be at least 1500 words in length.

Library Database Below:
https://online-infobase-com.gmclibrary.idm.oclc.org/HRC/Search/Search/12?q=THE+DIVINE+COMEDY+OF+DANTE+ALIGHIERI
https://online-infobase-com.gmclibrary.idm.oclc.org/HRC/Search/Search/12?q=CANTICLE+I%3A+INFERNO+

Argument
Your research paper must be a literary analysis of one of the assigned readings.
Your thesis statement must be clear and arguable and supported throughout your paper.
You should avoid unnecessary biographical information and plot summary. Your paper should be an analysis of the text.
As you analyze the information, make sure you employ a consistent third person point of view. Do not use first or second person pronouns.

Use of Research
You must use at least 5 secondary sources that provide critical arguments about the reading you have chosen. These sources should ONLY come from the library or library databases.
Your secondary sources should be used sparingly to either support or explain your thesis.
You may quote, paraphrase, or summarize your sources. 

MLA Style
Your paper must be formatted according to MLA format.
You must include a works-cited page at the end of your paper. Your works-cited should include your secondary sources and the assigned reading you have chosen.
You must include in-text citations within the body of your paper.

Mechanics, Grammar, and Punctuation
All written assignments should be mechanically and grammatically correcting with proper punctuation.

Structure
The introduction should include a clear thesis statement.
Each body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence that relates back to the thesis. The information in each paragraph should relate to the topic sentence.
The conclusion should bring together how you developed the points to show how you fully supported your stance in the thesis statement.
Bear in mind that the structure of a paper, the thesis statement, the introduction, and the conclusion should all work together. Before you begin writing, I recommend that you write an outline to organize your ideas. Doing this will help you write a logical, well-organized essay.

Work cited