Humanities 2249: Term Paper Rubric


To produce new knowledge through an analysis of a topic according to many different Eras' central ideologies and -isms.

MLA Format Criteria:

  • Font-type: Times New Roman
  • Font-Size: only 12 point
  • Indents: first line of each paragraph of the body indents 1/2" (not five space bar clicks)
  • Spacing: Double space every line inthe paper (no more, no less)
  • Margins: 1" from all sides (page number header will be within that inch, and that is ok.) From the top, your masthead must be 1"
  • No Bold
  • No Underlines
  • No exclamation marks--EVER!!!!!!!!
  • A paragraph should be no less than 1/3 the size of a page and no larger than 1/2 the size of a page.
  • Word sets extra spacing after paragraphs; highlight all, right click, choose paragraphs, and set spacing after paragraphs to zero

You, Your, Yourself, You're

  • The use of these words AUTOMATICALLY FAILS a paper:

  • You
  • Your
  • Yourself
  • You're

Pus Words

  • Go Here for a list of pus words

  • You only can have 10 of these pus words in your final term paper.
  • All of them must be hand numbered with ink: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
  • Any Pus word not numbered (or that exceeds 10 total) is penalized at 20 points per word.
  • Learn how to use ctrl + F to open and use the find box to locate the pus words.
  • Visually look for contractions, such as what's and he's, as the find box will not find those.
  • Reset your Word programs Exclusionary Dictionary to identify pus words as incorrectly spelled. There are many websites that show how to do this.

Structure of the Term Paper

  • Introduction (one paragraph)

  • Summarize the entire paper, include concise results from your analysis.
  • After the Introduction, the reader should not find new ideas below, but rather longer explanations of what was discussed in the Introduction.

  • Topic Summary (one paragraph): Summarize your topic.

  • Method (one paragraph)

  • Start with a general overview of how we can use multiple theoretical lenses to examine any subject.
  • Mention that you are only using a few from select periods/eras in history in this paper
  • Discuss those lenses without explaining or defining them.
  • Use people's names where possible.

  • Theory/Analysis (many paragraphs)

  • Lift these paragraphs directly from the mini-theory papers.
  • paragraphs should continually alternate from theory (that is, ideology/-ism) of the Era, then the applied paragraph of that small paper, then the next Era's theory (ideology/-ism), etc.
  • For each Theory paragraph in this section, you will need to quote the source that was in your mini theory paper.
  • Use the following quote style. Full sentence: "blah blah" See Subsection called "Using Colons and Semi-colons Properly"Here for an introduction/ refresher on the use of colons and quotes.
  • Do not use dictionaries or encyclopaedias of any kind.
  • Do not use any of the linked sources on Inverse.

  • Conclusion (one paragraph)

  • A conclusion in MLA does not "conclude" nor give results
  • A conclusion suggests other ways to continue on the research of the paper.
  • For this paper, you have many other theories (ideologies/ -isms) from each Era that you chose to not use in the paper that you can use in the conclusion
  • You do not need to analyze your topic with these theories; simply mention how they could be used by someone else to continue the research of your topic.

  • Works Cited

  • Cite the SIX sources in your Works Cited
  • ONLY use Valencia's MLA site; any other form of citation than Valencia is wrong, regardless of the source.

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