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1 Oops… How to improve your Historical Investigation Research Paper

2 No Contractions Write out Would Not, Could Not, Did Not. Do not abbreviate

3 Headers Top Left (only pg. 1) Best Student Mrs. Fjelstrom American Literature Per. 4 28 October, 2013 Top Right (every page) Student 1 Student 2

4 Abbreviations Only abbreviate after using the term fully written out in your paper. – Ex. United States

5 6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card. Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase. Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form. Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source. Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper. In research papers students often quote excessively, failing to keep quoted material down to a desirable level. Since the problem usually originates during note taking, it is essential to minimize the material recorded verbatim (Lester 46-47).

6 In-text Citation for Online Research Citing non-print or sources from the Internet With more and more scholarly work being posted on the Internet, you may have to cite research you have completed in virtual environments. While many sources on the Internet should not be used for scholarly work (reference the OWL's Evaluating Sources of Information resource), some Web sources are perfectly acceptable for research. When creating in-text citations for electronic, film, or Internet sources, remember that your citation must reference the source in your Works Cited.Evaluating Sources of Information Sometimes writers are confused with how to craft parenthetical citations for electronic sources because of the absence of page numbers, but often, these sorts of entries do not require any sort of parenthetical citation at all. For electronic and Internet sources, follow the following guidelines: Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name). You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function. Unless you must list the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, or as opposed to writing out or See Purdue Owl

7 Author’s Name Always mention author by both names the first time you write about them Arthur Miller Then you may use their surname Miller

8 Research Paper Help 1.) No “I” “we” “you” etc. 2.) fear” (Author, “Title of article”). 3.) fear” (“Title of article”). 4.) Correct Headers (Abbott 1) 5.) Times New Roman font 6.) Introduction needs to include the 3 time periods and the similarities (that’s your thesis)

9 Research Paper Help 7.) You must have a Works Cited –Title the Works Cited (“Works Cited”) 8.) Indent 2 nd line of a Works Cited entry 9.) Put Works Cited in alphabetical order 10.) Last paragraph needs to answer the question: Why Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible? 11.) The Crucible is italicized 12.) Opening paragraph needs a “hook” –An interesting quote would work

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