Frankenstein/Dracula Research EssayEnglish 1302Literature CriticismMs. SampleSpring 2020Webpage design by AHS Librarians
2. Analyze possible sources to use.
Search Apps: The following search apps can be used to search information including book articles, newspapers, images, essays, etc. If you are accessing these outside a school computer you will need the usernames and passwords. Please stop by the circulation desk for a list of these. For this project, you may also find it helpful to have a free Harris County Public Library card. With this card, you may access their database list at the bottom.
Harris County Public Library Databases (You must have a Harris County Public Library card to access these databases. They are free!)
Lone Star College Research Databases For off-campus access, enter your 14-digit library barcode number located on the back of your college ID/library card.
3. Go get your information.
Notetaking organizers developed by you or your teacher can be very helpful.
Outlines can be created quickly and easily in a word processing program.
Include your notes under the appropriate subtopics.
Library Source Forms can be useful because they show you what types of information you need for various sources, the correct MLA format, as well as an example.
4. Learn to paraphrase, summarize, quote and accurately cite all researched information.
Lessons in the classroom will help you understand the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting information. MLA Guide from Lone Star College
Be sure you understand plagiarism so that it can be avoided!
Record all bibliographic information as you take notes.
Be ready to cite your information accurately according to MLA format
5. Establish your notes and create a first draft and any other documentation your project requi
Check to make sure your information is relevant as well as reliable.
Have you used books and online information from library databases?
Do you feel confident that you have evaluated information found on the Internet correctly? If not, please ask for help!
Keep the purpose of your research and your audience in mind as you present your information
Helpful document from the English department: How to take the "you" out of your paper
6. Size it up!
Did I evaluate the quality of my information?
Is it reliable and documented correctly?
Have I considered my audience?
Are my ideas presented in a logical progression?
Is my point of view clearly stated?
Did I use MLA format, parenthetical documentation, and include a Works Cited page?
Go for the A!