Introduction: In this section you will introduce the topic of your paper. You should explain the reason or need for your research and the context(s) in which this issue is relevant. You should also explain any limitations you have posed (such as religion, gender, period, location, etc.). Analysis: In this section you will examine the literature on your topic. You will introduce evidence for your argument/position and then you will defend your argument. Conclusion: no more than a paragraph. Some writing guidelines: It is helpful to design a structure for your paper before beginning writing. Summarize the important authors or ideas. Show that you have synthesized the information, not simply selected single elements. It is good to read and summarize every source before beginning writing. Try to use multiple sources in one argument. Presenting contrasting positions is a good way to do so. Be coherent and wherever possible, chronological. If using direct quotes, be sure their use is obvious; i.e. introduce the quote, explaining what it is going to prove. Avoid overgeneralizations Words such as never, always, all, every, etc. should be avoided or used with extreme caution. Avoid meaningless words & hyperbole: Lots, huge, tremendous, very, really, etc. “totally, completely, absolutely, literally, fully, etc.” UNLESS its meaning is literal. Do not state the obvious – each sentence should be informative. Do not be repetitious. Except for opening/closing statements or your main theses, there is no need to repeat the same data or opinion more than once. Be specific. Make clear the subject of the sentence or paragraph (be careful with pronouns). Explain your thought processes clearly and logically, ensuring that the flow is both coherent and reflective of your argument. Be sure paragraphs “flow” naturally into each other, including an explanatory line if necessary. Do not use overly long sentences. Break them up. Be complete without being overly repetitive. Do not overstate minor points. Be relevant and stay on topic. Proofread, reread, reread again – be sure to read it at least once with fresh eyes.