Research Project Check List

avoid plot summary quotations--quote analysis, evaluation, and explanation

frame: don't start or end a paragraph with quotations

paragraph by topic, using the appropriate number--see model

conclude & keep the conclusion on the central topic

eliminate all errors in WC & headings--easily corrected

avoid context fragments = quotations that are not presented as correct sentences

avoid Q/Q = two quotations with no summary or analysis between

check the "specific" nature of the article & make sure it's modern

best sources of material are books --- longer articles are better than short ones

be careful to indicate where quotes begin & end --- always document with critic's name and page#

avoid primary quotes since they clearly aren't the critic's views

don't call primary quotes secondary

avoid quoting a critic who's quoting another critic

use appropriate rules for titles "short works' or long works

employ the double quotes become single quotes rule with in line material ex: 'He feels the 'technical perfection' was only a matter of judgment..." (Smith 67).

as shown above, the period goes after documentation

correctly use the ellipsis without other punctuation (see #1 4 example) and never start a quotation with a small case letter either "...t or "T

avoid summary articles--a summary of a summary doesn't work well

avoid all forms of plagiarism --- give full credit for ideas to the critic with the "According to Smith..." introduction and always summarize, never copy word-for-word

avoid short quotations that have little emphasis toward important critical views

use standard type size and maintain the 2 to 3 page length for the report use the editor's name when an article has no author

avoid the expression "this quote shows..." just say "this shows..."

use s's for possessives of proper nouns which end in s

use brackets [ I when adding necessary information

unless otherwise indicated, use 4 separate sources for your articles.

watch for verb tense shift