NOVEL LITERARY RESEARCH PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS
An Overview of Guidelines for the Project
We will complete the Novel Literary Research Project during the remaining weeks of this course. This Research Paper — which serves as the “Final Exam” Project of the course, representing a major portion of the course grade — will incorporate analytical and personal commentary expressing your interpretation of, and connection to, the novel you selected and have read for this project, in addition to thoroughly researched information from acceptable secondary sources, for 10 specific sections ~ listed below ~ reflecting the Literary Elements we have been studying throughout the course.
10 SECTIONS OF THE RESEARCH PAPER
2. CRITICAL RECEPTION
3. POINT OF VIEW (NARRATION)
4. STYLE (LANGUAGE)
10. PERSONAL RESPONSE
The precise and detailed instructions/guidelines for the above 10 sections will be given according to the following schedule:
SCHEDULE OF INSTRUCTIONS/GUIDELINES FOR 10 SECTIONS
March 30 (Week 12 B) ~ AUTHOR & CRITICAL RECEPTION
April 6 (Week 13 B) ~ POINT OF VIEW & STYLE
April 13 (Week 14 B) ~ PLOT & CHARACTER
April 20 (Week 15 B) ~ SETTING & SYMBOL
April 27 (Week 16 B) ~ THEME & PERSONAL RESPONSE
*Each Section will require BOTH LIBRARY RESEARCH and PERSONAL INTERPRETATION/ANALYSIS of the Novel. As your Literature book mentions in Chapter 1 “Writing about Literature,” the ideal Research paper is based on your own observations and interpretations of a literary text.
COMPOSITION & SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Follow Syllabus Specifications for Font, Title, & Heading/Header
2. Make a Cover Page and Table of Contents
3. Include Bold Headings for Each Section
4. Double Space Through Out
5. Follow MLA Documentation Guidelines for Citing Sources
6. Make a “Works Cited” Page that Properly Documents Sources
As Literature Chapters 2 and 3 on Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism advises, the Research of this project must be drawn from legitimate and reliable WEB, ELECTRONIC, & PRINT SOURCES. These secondary sources can be found at our HCC Campus Library, as we were instructed during the Library Orientation. Please note that, as the Literature Textbook may mention, and as we have also discussed previously, Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source, and therefore, CANNOT be used for the research in any section of this project!
*Minimum TOTAL Number of Secondary Sources Required: 10
*Minimum Number of PRINT Sources Required: 2
(Not including the Primary Source of your Novel, if in print form!)
*Minimum Number of WEB/ELECTRONIC Sources Required: 8
(Not including the Primary Source of your Novel, if in Electronic form, nor the novel’s film adaptation!)
The number of sources for the paper may exceed this required number depending upon the particular needs of the research for your novel.
In taking Research information from these sources for your paper, please be careful to combine appropriate SUMMARY, PARAPHRASE, & DIRECT QUOTE, and to acknowledge the Sources in appropriate parenthetical and reference citations to avoid any questions of Plagiarism. Consult the Literature Textbook Chapters 2 and 3, the LITTLE SEAGULL HANDBOOK MLA GUIDE, or the ONLINE PURDUE OWL SITE for Guidelines about Research & MLA Documentation References and for Sample Research Papers that follow the MLA formatting guidelines. Also, refer to the MODEL STUDENT ESSAYS on pp. 21-30 & 39-48 of Literature and seek further guidance regarding Research & Documentation from the HCC Librarians & the Tutors at the Communications Center.
*Minimum TOTAL number of Pages Required: 13
One Page Per Section = 10 + Cover Page/Table of Contents/Works Cited = 3
The paper may exceed this length requirement, as needed, since more than a single page will likely be necessary to address all the components for each Section.
*Due Date/Time: Since we are completing the project in the remaining weeks of the course as detailed above, the ENTIRE PROJECT will be due on the Final Day of our Course – Check the Course Dates Calendar in Canvas for our designated “Exam Day.”
During our Final Class, or our designated “Exam Day,” the following must be submitted in Print form:
1. The Final Novel Research Paper
2. Active Reading Notes/Outlines/Pre-Writing/Research Planning Done during the Stages
3. Communications Center Printed Appointment Slips for Bonus Points Consideration
Final Exam Research Essay Writing Guide Notes:
**By no means do I suggest to use this in place of attendance of the actual lessons corresponding to each topic. What the instructor may educate you with pertaining to each section should be considered invaluable in comparison to this information that I am writing and publishing for peer-to-peer courtesy.
Subject sections to cover within the essay:
? Author(s): Includes the name, date of birth, date of death (if applicable), country of origin, time-period/era in which it was written. If any of these are difficult to find, please consider the following for substitutional information: parents’ heritage, siblings, prior occupational status, and how each of those relates to the era in which they occur.
? CriticalReception: Includes opinions, thesis’, and support of those two things by expert critiques and novelist/publishers. Utilize well renowned names and their opinions on your novel selection to complete this section of the essay.
? Point of View (Narration): In what point of view is the story being told?
o First Person – Do you learn things only when the main character/protagonist does?
o Third Person – Do you know things slightly ahead of time before the main character/protagonist does?
o Third Person Omniscient: Do you know everything before every character does?
Please review this article on Point of View published by TeenWriting.com for a better and more detailed understanding of the point of view of your novel selection at http://www.ohio.edu/people/hartleyg/ref/fiction/pov.html
? Style (language): Includes how the characters speak, what language they speak, why they speak that language, and why they speak it the way that they do (education, social class, choice, language barrier, etc.).
? Plot: Includes a broad description of the scenario laid forth by the author(s). What is the most basic gist of the story you can think of? Here’s an example – “A young prince who is burdened with the responsibility of assuming the throne in place of his father, the king, must choose to hold on to his power and fortune by taking over for his father, or leaving all of his riches behind to seek the hand of a peasant girl who is not from royal blood.” The whole story is about a boy who must make a difficult choice in his life, and how he does so is what forms the story. The events that occur along the way are defined by the author.
? Character: Includes who the protagonists are, who the antagonists are, and who the static and dynamic characters that form the story are. This section should also include why they are there and what they do for one another in correspondence to the story’s plot as described above.
? Setting: Includes time of day, time of year, place of action, description in detail of place of action. Basically, this part of the essay is the description of the broad/specific place/time of the story as gone over in class.
? Symbol: Includes the character motivations and personalities. Why are the characters doing what they are doing? What do they mean to the reader and to the story? What critical roles do they play in defining the fine lines of the journey they endeavor on? Example – Humans and Orcs hate one another, but must team up despite the ongoing war to stop a new threat, the aliens, from destroying them all. The Humans and the Orcs team up regardless of their hatred of the other race due to their lack of strength as singular factions to overcome the alien invasion. Their motivation is survival, and the two factions teaming up represent teamwork and the idea of a bigger picture.
? Theme: Includes the basic summary of the plot. What is the whole story about? The plot outlines what the characters’ goals are, and how they achieve them. The theme is a briefer explanation of what motivation is at play during the plot. In my prior example about the prince and the peasant girl, the themes can be considered: love, fortune, responsibility, choices. The main concepts of the story’s plot are what composes the theme.
? PersonalResponse: Includes your opinion on each individual section and how the author portrayed them. Was it adequately covered? Could you identify each section of the essay after reading the story fully through? If so, then the author has done an adequate job at illustrating all intentions. If not, you should include what they did not cover properly, and why you feel this way.
Side notes for formatting:
? You will need a total of 10 sources (not including your primary source).
? The minimum number of web-based sources you should have are 8.
? You will need one cover page in MLA format.
o You can find an example here: https://academictips.org/mla-format/mla-format-cover-page/
? Remember to use 12pt font-size.
? Remember to keep all text double spaced (2.0).
? Pages should be numbered at the top right in MLA format and be within the header section and appear on each following page in progressing order (last name, page number).
? Be sure to include a “Works Cited” page. Title is “Works Cited” exactly as written in the quotations. Keep it 12pt font, center it. Reference this link for more information: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/12/
? Utilize Perdue Owl for MLA format and citational needs. Other good tools to use are Citation Machine, or Cite-Fast. Also, if you would prefer a physical reference, the communications center in the BACA building on the second floor offers free pamphlets with brief guides to MLA formatting.
? Finally, avoid using non-credited sites such as Wikipedia or anything that ends in .com really. Go for .org, .edu, or .gov. You will most likely only see .gov for historical novel choices. I personally suggest sticking to .edu web domains for references and sources.
? Include any active-reader notations/annotations you have taken in your novel selection and bring a printer appointment slip from the communication center for consideration for Extra Credit.
Hope that this short guide helps to complete your research essay!