ASSIGNMENT: Write a research paper relating in some way to one or more of the assigned selections in our text. The topic must be selected and approved by the instructor no later than June 7. Changes in topics must be approved by June 15. Several sources from both books and periodicals should be consulted, and at least some sources should be relatively recent, i.e., from the past decade or so.
LENGTH: 1500-2200 words of text.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
FORMAT: The submitted copy must be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2" x 11" typing paper. Margins for text should be approximately 1" on all sides. The sheets of the paper should be fastened with a staple or paper clip in the top left-hand corner; otherwise, one-third of a letter grade will be deducted from the overall grade for the paper. Pagination (preceded by the student's surname) should be in top right-hand corner of every page. A cover sheet will not be necessary. Do not put your completed paper in a folder or plastic cover, and do not include fly sheets (i.e., sheets with nothing on them).
CITATIONS: Use the new MLA (Modern Language Association) parenthetic documentation style instead of footnotes or endnotes. Include a Works Cited sheet at the end of your paper. Details concerning the new MLA style can be found in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (1984 or later), in recent (1985 or later) handbooks of grammar and writing style, or by clicking here. Papers not conforming to MLA style in all particulars will be marked down accordingly.
LATE PAPERS: One letter grade will be deducted for each class meeting that the paper is late.
PLAGIARISM: Failure to document sources properly will definitely hurt your grade and could result in a grade of F for the course.