Do not end a paragraph with a direct quote. If you are tempted to end a paragraph with a direct quote, talk just a little about why that quote was so important before you move on to the next paragraph. (You may end a paragraph with a paraphrase if you want to, as long as you cite it properly.)
Do not use block quotes, and do not use quotes four or more lines in length
Locate at least four reputable, unbiased secondary sources on your topic. There is NO restriction regarding internet-based nor computer-based sources. It is expected that all of your sources will be electronic-type sources, because you are not expected to go to a library due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Do not incorporate normal dictionaries nor encyclopedias into your paper. Wikipedia pages (and similar sites) may still not be used as sources, although they may lead you to legitimate sources.
Use the proper MLA formatting for parenthetical citations (also called “in-text citations”) within your essay. Refer to Maimon and/or to the ACC Library’s MLA page for guidance.
Create a Works Cited at the end of your document (on a new page within the same file). Follow the MLA guidelines for proper format (Maimon section 6). Follow the MLA examples closely. Be sure to put your entries in alphabetical order (ignore A, An, The).
You will still need to annotate your Works Cited section, just as
–Reminder: Your thesis sentence should be underlined.
–Don’t start a sentence in an academic paper with And, But, nor Or
–Do not ever end a paragraph with a direct quote. Instead, talk for at least one sentence about the direct quote before moving onto the next paragraph, and explain why that direct quote is so important. (It must have been important, if one did not just paraphrase it…)
–A paragraph (for an academic paper) should be at least three complete sentences long, but do not make paragraphs that are 250 words nor more in length
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