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RESEARCH PAPER. YDD2104. Research Paper (25%). Come up with a clear thesis linking one of the discussed films and fiction (but not the one you chose for the first paper). Verify your topic with the professor. Use non-fiction reading materials for reference and background information.

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Research paper 25
Research Paper (25%)

  • Come up with a clear thesis linking one of the discussed films and fiction (but not the one you chose for the first paper).

  • Verify your topic with the professor.

  • Use non-fiction reading materials for reference and background information.

  • Length: approx. 2,500 words.

  • A research bibliography of at least three academic sources is required.

  • Due date: April 2.


Ten commandments of essay writing
TEN “COMMANDMENTS” OF ESSAY WRITING

1) The length of the essay should be as required.

2) Write in paragraphs. Each paragraph should be at least 10 lines long (or longer).

3) Don’t leave extra space between paragraphs. Indent each paragraph instead.

4) Provide page numbers for quotes and references.

5) Introduce quotes, don’t let them stand by themselves.


Ten commandments of essay writing1
TEN “COMMANDMENTS” OF ESSAY WRITING

6) Italicize or underline titles of films or books. Take titles of chapters, parts, reels, etc. in quotation marks.

7) Be specific, stay focused.

8) Avoid repetitions, especially in the conclusion.

9) Provide detailed examples, avoid generalizations.

10) Do not to retell the plot (unless unavoidable); try not to use the information from lecture materials.


How to start
How to Start

  • Pick a film, watch it at least twice.

  • Think what you found interesting and why. Think what parallels you can find in fiction.

  • Brainstorm. Come up with a topic.

  • Send your topic to the professor to be discussed and approved.

  • Research the topic using the MLA database, the library catalogue, the Internet; remember that not all Internet sources are reliable.

  • Proceed to writing the paper.


Physical presentation
Physical Presentation

  • Typed double-spaced in 12 pt Times Roman with 1" margins;

  • All pages numbered and author identified;

  • Initial page with all pertinent information: (student name, number, course number, name of professor, title of paper, word count);

  • All sources and statements referenced;

  • References keyed to a list of works cited;

  • System of referencing should be consistent (preferably, the MLA).


Evaluation criteria
Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity of the thesis;

  • Originality and quality of analysis;

  • Quality of language (English or French);

  • Logic and structure of organization;

  • Quality of sources and appropriate source referencing;

  • Neatness of presentation.


Grading system
Grading System

A+ Excellent innovative analysis, well structured, well written paper with no errors of language.

A Good analysis. Solid paper, well structured and generally well written. Occasional error or two of language

A- Generally good analysis. Well structured for the most part. One or two defects of organization or somewhat more errors of language.

B+ Some good analysis. Fairly well structured, but with several defects of organization and language.

B Middle of the road paper. Occasional examples of good analysis but with several problems of organization or language.

C+ Evidence of some research and thought. Several problems with ideas, organization, and language. Just passable at the Honours level.

C Evidence of some work. Considerable problems at the level of analysis, organization and language.

D+ Evidence of some work, but very weak analysis, expression, organization or did not meet all the requirements of the assignment.

D Barely passable: shows some knowledge of the subject, but weak on all levels, and/or did not meet most of the requirements of the assignment.


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