To what degree Shakespeare’s plays are influenced by or reflective of the Elizabethan era? Identify specific cultural and national events linked to at least 3 plays.
Write a research essay of approximately 1250 words, based on your assigned research topic (stated above). Support your points with documented sources and include a works cited page listing at least four sources, one of which is a book.
Writing Guidelines: (read these before you start writing – refer back to them as needed)
Your essay should consist of an introductory paragraph that includes a clear thesis statement, five to ten body paragraphs (depending on the length of each paragraph), and a concluding paragraph.
You must use your assigned research topic and create an outline to write the essay. You will, like all writers, end up doing more than one draft. Here are some suggestions for structuring the content of your essay by using an outline:
• Attention Getter: Point out why your topic is significant. Provide some background or context for your topic.
• Thesis statement: This should be a statement (not a question!) that shows a clear position that your research will support.
• Each section may contain one or more paragraphs and should develop one main idea about your topic.
Section 4 (if needed)
• Summarize your findings
• End with a memorable statement
Take some time to read the sample essays/research papers handed to you by instructor(s). Note how the writer has integrated quotes, used summaries and paraphrasing, and has indicated sources for ideas and information.
Documenting Your Research Paper
The strength of your argument in your research paper depends largely on the quality of the resources you use to back up your points. These sources have to be clearly integrated into your paper and any sources that you refer to have to be listed on your Works Cited page.
Clear documentation helps you avoid plagiarism (presenting the ideas of others as your own). Plagiarism is a very serious offence, and those who do it in college classes automatically fail the assignment and usually, the course.
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
When writing a summary, you find the most important ideas in an article or other document and restate them in your own words in shortened form.
Paraphrasing is restating someone else’s ideas in your own words—not necessarily shortened.
Use quotes to back up your main points. Every quotation should be introduced and integrated into your essay to show the relationship between the quotation and your own ideas.
Documenting Your Sources
In documenting your sources, there are two basic requirements.
First, all information taken from other sources must be identified in the body of your essay in a parenthetical reference.
Second, a list of all the sources must be presented on a separate page at the end of the paper. This is called the Works Cited page.
Parenthetical Citations –see your MLA handbook (7th edition) for more information.
The page number of each source and the author’s name must be identified. If the author’s name is used in the quote, then only the page number is placed in parentheses at the end of the quote, like this (96). Notice the period comes after the page number. If the author’s name is not mentioned and you are using one of his/her ideas, then list both the author’s name and the page number at the end of the quote, like this (Smith 96).
Works Cited List
Follow the MLA guidelines in the text (of your research paper) according to the type of source you are using. For Internet sources, do the best you can to provide as much information as possible. Cite both the date the information was written and the date that you accessed it on the net.
Formatting a Research Paper
The easiest way to understand formatting is to look at the example(s) provided by your instructor(s). You don’t need a separate title page, but you do need a separate works cited page.
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