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Research Paper Using MLA Style

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Rebecca Velasquez

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Research Paper Using MLA Style

How to write a thesis statement
How to check for credible sources
How to keep track of your sources and write a Works Cited page
How to format a MLA paper
How to write in-text citations

How to Write a Thesis Statement
Step One:
Know your topic.
Make sure you understand the assignment and your topic. Ask if you are not sure. Read to become familiar with your topic.

Step Two:

Write a question about your topic. Write something your are curious to learn about your topic.

Your topic:

Narrow Topic:
High school sports

Why are sports an integral part of most high school programs?
Step Two
: Answer Your Question

Health benefits along with psychological benefits make sports an integral part of most high school programs.
Types of Research Papers
There are three types of research papers that you will need to consider before you can begin writing a thesis statement:

1. Analytical paper - breaks down an issue or an idea and evaluates the issue or idea.
An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds

2. Expository paper - explains something.
The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.

3. Argumentative paper - makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence.
High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
(Prude OWL)
What type of paper would the following thesis statement be suited for?
Children of single parents can be just as
progressive with emotional, social and behavioral skills as those with two parents.
A Strong Thesis Statement
A strong thesis statement should be debatable. It should contain your opinion about something about your topic that you would like to focus on.

Example of non-debatable thesis statement:
Americans want a secure nation.

Example of a debatable thesis statement:
To live in a secure nation, Americans must be willing to sacrifice basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

Step Three
: Gathering Credible Information
Now you are ready to find information and facts to support your thesis statement.
Credible Sources
Check out the author
Check out the date of publication
Check out the URL address
Do not use Wikipedia
Do not use any cite that contains "wiki" in its URL address.
Do not use blogs
URL address that contain "edu", "univ", "gov" are usually credible sources.
Use your library
Use Jstor
Project Muse
Keep Track of your Sources

A tool to store sources and to create a Works Cited page
Quick Review
Answer the following questions:

Which statement is a thesis statement?

Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism.

How can you check that a source is credible?

How can knightcite.com help in the writing of an MLA paper?
Step Four
: Formatting a MLA Paper
MLA Format
Set margins to 1"
Set spacing at double space and zero spacing between paragraphs
Insert last name and page number
Write header
Student name
Professor's name
Title of Class
Date (International style)
Write an original title (centered)
Indent the beginning of each paragraph
Step Five
: In-text Citations
What is an in-text citation?

1. How would you write the following sources as an in-text citation?

Benstock, Shari.
Women of the Left Bank, Paris, 1900-1940
. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986. 230-67. Print.

"The Highland's District of Tenochtitlan." Ancient Worlds The Americas. N.p., 2002. Web. 14 May 2013. <http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/District/811813>.

2. Why is citing necessary?

3. What do we need to cite?
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your attention.
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