Assignment: Mini-Research #2
- To build on the previous skeletal structure of a research paper.
- Learn how to energize your words and sentences and to use colons and semi-colons properly.
- Download The Mini-Research Structure document to learn the structure
- Amend Mini #1 by removing pus words (see below) and using colons correctly (see below)
- You must DOWNLOAD, PRINT, and ATTACH THIS SHEET to the top of your paper; Papers without this sheet are NOT accepted and considered LATE.
I do not accept the paper if it breaches any of the following criteria.
- Re-write Mini-Research #1 by removing all Pus Words (See below)
- Use two colons and two semi-colons correctly (See below).
- Add a second quote/source to one of the analysis paragraphs
- Must have perfect formatting according to the Formatting assignment.
- Paper must end somewhere after 1-1/2 pages; do not go onto page 3
- Any paper length given by any professor as an assignment does not include the Works Cited page. The number of pages concerns the number of pages of YOUR writing
- For this course, only use the following source for your Works Cited page: MLA resource.
- Proper assignment name, staple, and legible black ink required.
- Must have all parts of the research paper, as per mini-research document above:
- For the "Theory" part, cite (quote) from a professional source. (USE one of the two colons to introduce the quote)
- For "Literature review" section, discuss three professional websites that concern your topic:
- Encyclopaedias and dictionaries are NOT professional sources.
- Do NOT quote these sources in the Lit review; just talk about them and summarize what their whole page/article is about.
- Do NOT cite these literature review sources in the Works Cited.
Remove Pus words
- See the list and read about the Pus Words.
- Learn these words as they are forbidden on all papers for the rest of the term.
- Be careful of contractions: don't use I'm or we're, which are I am and we were, respectively.
- Watch for incorrect spelling: "We where leaving" has a misspelled pus word: were.
Severity of the Presence of Pus
- Each use of pus words reduces the score by 10% of the paper's possible total points.
- If my, or any prof's, quickest fix of a bad sentence is to add a pus word, the sentence has hidden pus and is still considered infected.
Examples of Removing Pus
- Films today
are more edgy and exciting. We aren't bored by them.
- Exciting and edgy, films no longer bore us.
- These exciting and edgy films no longer make us bored.
It was raining when I left the murder scene.
- Rain fell as I left the murder scene.
- I left the murder scene as rain fell.
was stunned by the sheer size of the cliff.
- The sheer size of the cliff stunned her.
- Stunned, she looked in awe at the sheer size of the cliff.
gets to go home.
- He has permission to leave and go home.
got a brand new car.
- Her parents gave her a brand new car.
- She bought a brand new car.
- She stole a brand new car.
Use Colons and Semi-Colons Properly
- Use the colon two times correctly (either of the following).
- Full sentence: list
- Full sentence: "quoted material" (Smith 32).
- Use the semi-colon two times correctly (either of the following).
Using Quotes in a paper with a colon
- Only use the following method to present quotes. (Note: Crowe is the last name of the author in the examples below, and thus the first word in the citation in the Works Cited)
- A full sentence giving the first word from the works cited citation and the general idea of the quote that will follow: "the actual word-for-word quote"
- Crowe suggests that when dogs first meet, they should do so in a place new to both of them: "Introduce the dogs in a neutral location that is unfamiliar to both dogs, such as a park."
Examples of Colons
- CORRECT colon use
- We need supplies: bread, milk, and cheese.
- (With a colon, one side -- the right side of the above -- contains a list and ONLY a list.)
- INCORRECT colon use
- We need supplies: such as bread, milk, and cheese.
- (Is there a thing called a "such as bread"
- CORRECT colon use with quotes
- Full Sentence: "quote"
- Edison believed in a clear ratio of intelligence to work: "one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
Examples of Semi-colons
- CORRECT semi-colon use
- We need supplies; you should buy milk, bread, and cheese.
- (Note that both sides of the semi-colon can be read as full sentences)
- INCORRECT semi-colon use
- We need some supplies; bread, milk, and cheese.
- (The semi-colon means each side is a full sentence,
but the phrase "bread, milk, and cheese" is not a full sentence.)