For your research paper, you will choose a topic related to the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which we are reading as part of the course. The topic is up to you, but you will be required to complete ALL of the steps of the research process. If you do not complete the entire process, you will receive a failing grade on the Research Paper section of your final grade (which is 30% of your final grade). We will discuss how to use the library’s online databases in class. Your research sources should come from those databases.
Briefly state your topic selection and try to write a working thesis sentence. Your thesis sentence should be the beginning of the argument that you will make about your topic. You can choose what aspect you want to focus on (for example, theme, imagery, character development, etc). You will get a chance later to revise your thesis sentence if you find that your ideas change during the research process. Ultimately, your thesis sentence that you end up with when you write the actual paper should provide a blueprint of what you want to say ABOUT those elements of the novel. Type your topic selection and working thesis in the text box provided for you in this assignment on Canvas.
You are required to use at least one reputable, scholarly source, which should be an article OR a digital book chapter accessed through the library’s online databases that has been written by a scholar/expert in the field of literature/writing. The use of Wikipedia, any online sources that do not list an author, or information that comes from sites that just summarize the plot and key points (like SparkNotes, Shmoop, Cliffsnotes) is NOT acceptable and should NOT be cited as a source. Suggested databases found through lib.fit.edu — JSTOR, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Resource Center, Bloom’s Literature, ProQuest, Academic Search Complete.
Your Annotated Bibliography should follow MLA format. It will include the full citation for the source at the top and then a paragraph explaining what the article is about AND how you plan to use it in your paper. Follow the example linked HERE downloadto see what yours should look like. Yours should look the same!! Upload your Annotated Bibliography in this assignment on Canvas.
Create an alphanumeric formal outline for your topic. Include your revised thesis statement at the top. Provide evidence from the novel and your secondary source within the outline and include in-text citations that correspond with your Works Cited page at the end of the outline.
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