I already have three plus pages. I need someone to polish up what I have and add one more page. I also need someone to use the database below and add in text citations and at least three works cited from the below database only.
1. Research essays should have a minimum of three sources, not including dictionaries, general encyclopedias (Wikipedia, Encarta, Encyclopedia Britannica, etc.), internet Cliff’s notes (bookrags, enotes, pink monkey, etc), cheat sites (123helpme, answers.com). All sources should come from the HCC library databases. http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/library
2. Research essays should be 4-6 pages (excluding Works Cited page). Four pages means 4 full pages with some writing on a fifth page.
3. Essay must address/refute questions and arguments from the opposition.
Write for a professional audience that might be at best undecided and at most hostile or in opposition to your position.
1. Use the five paragraph essay format: introduction that ENDS with the thesis statement, body paragraphs that support, develop and provide details, brief conclusion that provides a satisfying end, transitions between paragraphs. Research essays may certainly go beyond 5 paragraphs, but adhere to that basic format.
2. Pay attention to strong paragraph development: topic sentences, unity, coherence, and development.
3. Pay attention to the importance of sentence structure: compound, compound-complex sentences, varying sentence beginnings (using phrases, dependent clauses, for instance), and avoiding wordiness.
4. Avoid using the first and second person, unless you are using them as an introduction technique. Cut qualifiers and intensifiers such as “I believe,” “I think” and “It is my opinion that…”
5. Source authors should be referred to by full name and then subsequently by last name only.
Formatting and Documentation
1. Use MLA format and documentation. No title page is necessary.
2. Use a creative title.
3. Document sources within the paper and provide an accurate, properly written works cited page. A sloppy, poorly written list of sources very often indicates a sloppy, poorly written essay.
4. Integrate quotations and sources into the flow of writing. Avoid “dropped” quotations and block quotations.