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Heart of Darkness

Topic of Paper

Does the novel contain
a great deal of symbolism? Perhaps you could write a paper that
deals with the author’s use of symbolism in the novel.

Research Paper Guidelines

papers will have a body of seven to ten (7-10) pages. The paper must also have
an outline, and Works Cited page. (These pages are NOT considered as part
of the body page count.) You will find a sample research paper, including
a sample Works Cited page at the Purdue OWL website. Their website also offers
information about outlining; be
sure to click through the three subsections regarding outlining. The order
of pages in the paper is the outline, body of the paper, then the
works cited page. These are all to be saved and sent to me as one

The final Works Cited page will contain seven to eight (7-8) sources.
The sources will be derived from appropriate books, periodicals, etc., to
denote a variety of sources used; you are expected to begin your research
with the CTC library’s online databases. Each of the sources used in
the Works Cited must be used at least once in the research paper.

Notes, Pink Monkey, Magill’s Surveys, Barron Notes, Schmoop, Sparknotes,
Masterplots, Monarch Notes, eNotes, Gradesaver, Encyclopedias,
Dictionaries, Prezis, essays from paper mills, Wikipedia, and all other
similar sources are NOT appropriate.

You are to follow the MLA 8th edition format and
documentation as described at the Purdue OWL site.

Use direct quotations sparingly (no more than 25% of the

Be sure topic is sufficiently limited.

All words should be spelled correctly and errors in sentence
structure eliminated.

The level of diction should be formal (no slang,
contractions, jargon, or technical terms without definition).

The paper should be well written and scholarly.

All borrowed information must be noted whether quoted or

PLAGIARISM: You are responsible for
constructing a research paper based on your own idea about a topic. Any
borrowed material must be scrupulously documented. Plagiarism is a serious
offense and will result in an F in the course.

PENALTIES: Late paper penalties will be
assessed. You are given the assignment at the beginning of the semester with a
specific due date in order to have ample time to complete your paper.