The MLA Research Paper: An Overview

5/2/01

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Author: Bert Dill Email: bert.dill@gcccd.edu

Table of Contents

The MLA Research Paper: An Overview
Major Steps
Understand the Assignment
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Research Paper?
key ideas: formal
key ideas: argument
key ideas: evidence
key ideas: systematically documented
Frequently Asked Questions
How Will it be Graded?
unity
specificity
coherence
style
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it Assigned?
Frequently Asked Questions
How am I ever going to write one?
Understand the Assignment
subject
format
length
value
time
procedure
Major Steps
Discover the Argument
Tools of Discovery
expect changes
the thesis statement
the thesis statement
the thesis statement
the thesis statement
the thesis statement
the thesis statement

the thesis statement
Major Steps
Discover the Argument
Questioning Techniques
Apply the questions to the subject
Discover the Argument
Lists of “topics”
Classical “common” topics
Classical “Special” Topics
Modern “Rhetorical Modes”
Discover the Argument
Brainstorming
Brainstorming
Brainstorming
Discover the Argument
Freewriting
Major Steps
Gather Evidence
Select a useful source
Document the source
Bibliography Card:
Bibliography Card:
Bibliography Card:
Bibliography Card:
Bibliography Cards:
gather the evidence
Record the Evidence
Repeat the Process Until You Have All
Your Evidence
Put Away Your Research Materials
Major Steps
Separate Note Cards from Bibliography Cards
First Draft
Complete the “Works Cited” Page
Prepare the “Works Cited” Page
“Good Writing is Rewriting”
Turn It in as Instructed--Do Not be late