General Writing resources and Requirements
NOTE: Please use this as reference for each writing assignment! Your grade may be adversely affected if you do not follow all of these requirements. Email or call your instructor if you have questions.
The required literary essays for this course demand careful planning, drafting, revising/editing, and correct documentation. The following resources and requirements provide instruction on writing, research, and avoiding plagiarism. Carefully review them before writing your literary essays.
Plagiarism encompasses more than the use of printed sources without giving proper credit. It means handing in writing in the name of one ...view middle of the document...
A tutor in his proper role never does work for a student nor supplies specific words, phrases, or ideas. The student bears responsibility for his own work. He must not submit a tutor's work as his own, and he must not blame his errors on the tutor.
If the student submits a paper typed by someone other than himself, it will be understood that the typist has not changed anything from the student's script or rough draft. The student may not blame the typist for errors not corrected on the draft given to the instructor.
"Self plagiarism" is when a student submits written work from another course or another context as if it is original work for a current writing assignment. This is not acceptable.
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General Requirements for all Literary Essays
(Check the boxes to make sure every requirement is met)
Cover Page (see sample format below; be sure to fill the cover page with all the necessary information)
Thesis statement and outline page. This is required for each literary essay/assignment. (Thesis statement must be a cogent, one or two sentences stating the main idea of essay).
Proper essay title, headings, page numbering, and essay format. (If you completed ENGL 101 with Liberty University, this information will be in the Prentice Hall Reference Guide. Otherwise, acquire a good Handbook that details proper format for essays. You also will find sample literary essays in your textbook, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Compact Interactive Edition)
Each essay is double-spaced, with ragged right edge (justify off) with a one-inch margin on all four sides including the bottom margin.
Essays are written in standard essay format that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction includes the thesis statement, and the conclusion does not introduce brand new material or information.
The title of the work being discussed and the author’s full name appear in the introduction. After that the author’s last name (only) is used.
Each paragraph is properly developed with textual evidence, details, analysis, etc.
Present tense is used, as required for writing about literature.
Titles of short stories and poems are placed in quotation marks; titles of books and plays are italicized, as required by MLA format. (APA or CM/Turabian is acceptable).
Each essay uses third person as required in formal essays and avoids the use of first person (such as “in this paper I will discuss...),
Each essay is formal and avoids the following:
slang (e.g. kids, okay, guys, etc.)
second person (e.g. you)
contractions (e.g. can’t, wouldn’t)
glaring errors (e.g. sentence fragments, comma errors, subject/verb agreement,...