The research paper should be about five pages in length. Your first paragraph s

The research paper should be about five pages in length. Your first paragraph should be an introduction; it should conclude with an argumentative thesis statement. Additional paragraphs should develop arguments that support your thesis. A standard model is to begin each paragraph with a topic sentence, follow with primary and secondary (or more) support for the assertion you are making, and conclude with a summary statement. You do not have to follow this format; I am including it for guidance in case you are not accustomed to writing a research-based paper using sources for support. You certainly may organize it differently if you are confident about your writing. It is effective to present significant counter-arguments and to refute them; it is also worthwhile to point to a major application based on your argumentation. The final paragraph should be a conclusion that summarizes and synthesizes your line of thought, draws a conclusion from it, and—you are done! For more information, check the appropriate sections in Lester Faigley, ed., The Brief Penguin Handbook, fourth edition (Boston et al.: Longman, 2012), possibly pages 1-28, 37-44, 74-84, and 199-211. Use footnotes or endnotes in this paper when you are directly quoting material or following closely another author’s argumentation (see Penguin, 320-38 for Chicago Manual of Style format). Hand in the original copy of your bibliography (and a corrected copy if I asked you to make corrections) with your paper.
Specifics (format):
Print on one side only.
Double space.
Use a title page that provides the following information: title of the essay, number and title of the course, name of the professor, your name, and the date you finish the essay.
Grammar, syntax, and punctuation of good, standard English are expected. Simple and straight­forward writing is better than uppity-sounding academic-ese.
Strive for clarity.
Proofread. Papers that appear to be “hot off the press” will be graded accordingly. It is a good idea to ask someone else to read your paper and criticize it before you hand it in; better yet, take it to a writing tutor (freshmen are required [by me] to do so).
Hyphenation “on” is preferred.
Use standard 1” margins (you may have to reset the default setting for Word).
Do not justify right-hand margins.
Use standard fonts and point size (Times New Roman 12 preferred); no Gothic, cursive, etc.; serif fonts are easier to read than sans-serif fonts (e.g. Arial).
Indent first line of paragraphs, and do not add an extra line between para­graphs (you may have to reset the default setting for Word).
Number pages upper right (preferred); page #1 is the first page of text, not the title page.
Beware of gaps in text; they make it look like you fired off a quick paper without proofreading.
Staple the paper in upper left-hand corner only; un-stapled papers will not be accepted.
It does not matter what kind of printer you use, including a typewriter.
I’ll make corrections on the first page and possibly more, but not for the whole paper.
Additional Essay/Research Paper Guidelines
Print on one side only (he repeated).
Attach all previously graded materials (bibliography/essay, revised bib. if changed, etc.).
Number your pages (upper right hand corner preferred)
I will make a full correction on the first page, and occasional corrections on subsequent pages.
Avoid freestanding quotations:
Martin Luther was a strong man of faith. He boldly declared, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” NOT:
Martin Luther was a strong man of faith. “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”
Note: this also applies to quotations from Scripture.
“as the Mormon/Roman Catholic/etc. Church teaches;” NOT: “Catholics say. . ..” “Mormons believe. . . .” etc.
Avoid generalizations, especially unsupported generalizations. “Many believe that. . . .”
How many? Who are the many? What difference does their belief make?
Gospel (Matthew, Mark, etc.)/gospel (the good news of salvation in Christ); Bible/biblical; Holy Scripture/scriptural; Word [Christ]/word [Bible]
Avoid overly long or overly short paragraphs (e.g. page-long vs. single sentence).
Check rules for ellipsis . . . mid-sentence vs. at the close of a sentence. . . . Use a space between each period (vs. no space, as follows:)…although, as I discovered as I typed this, Word self-corrected by adding wider spacing.
Please understand that I am trying to make helpful comments even when I make corrections.
Avoid use of the first person: I, me, my, mine, we, us, our, ours (exception: introductions, illustrations).
Use correct noun-pronoun agreement (a person . . . his or her; NOT a person . . . their)
A verb should agree with its subject in person and number.
Don’t you think your writing would be better if you avoided rhetorical questions?
Use direct and indirect quotations correctly: St. Paul writes that love is the greatest gift; [and] St. Paul writes, “Love is the greatest gift;” NOT St. Paul writes that, “Love is the greatest gift.”
Avoid awkward wording: read good literature, read your essay to someone else, have someone else read it.
Argue your thesis!
Use explicit Scripture references.
Do not footnote Scripture; document it parenthetically in text.
Most of my comments will be written on the essay or paper itself.
use the bible as a reference