Instructions for Final Research Paper

The final essay is a research paper that will be a shortened version of a conference paper. The average conference paper is about 10 pages and takes about 15 minutes to read, so you will condense this concept to a 3 to 4 page paper that should take about 5 minutes to read.

You may pick the topic, but it must be approved. You must write a short proposal with a working thesis for such approval.


*3 - 4 pages

*3 - 4 academic sources from an academic database; not including the primary source

*A clear introduction, body, and conclusion

*A clear argument and angle that is unique and thoughtful

*Uses MLA formatting style and layout throughout the essay

A research paper in literature has many layers and takes planning, thought, and the ability to use the writing process. You will not be able to write this paper the night before and pass it, and with the reading of your paper, it is 35% of your grade in this class. Please start early, plan ahead, and revise.

Due Dates:

Topic due: April 13th Proposal due: April 18th Conferences: May 2nd and 4th Essay due: May 9th