research paper for american cinema class
This is a research paper so please read the about using the two sources online, one from OWL Perdue and the other from the University of North Carolina, which also has excellent information about writing a clear thesis statement. The idea here is to write about a subject that requires some research not just opinion. You can compare two films that revolve around the same theme such as civil rights, the effects of war, censorship, classic films; or eras such as Silent Films (Chaplin and Keaton, for example), Pre-Code Era (Baby Face and It Happened One Night), WWII, Film Noir (Stranger on the Third FLoor and The Killing), The Great Depression, etc.). You need to support your thesis with at least two strong points that you find in academic sources, primarily journal articles and book excerpts, which I have placed on BB Content for this purpose. There are many articles so there’s no shortage here. You can also google “How to Write a Good Research Paper” and that will help you greatly.
The devoted to critical academic (scholarly) research, approximately 10-12 pages in MLA format or another style you have followed in your major, adhering to sound research methods and practices. I expect that this paper will be concise, sharply focused on one subject with a fair degree of cogency, and accurately referenced wherever citations are necessary. We will discuss potential topics in class for each paper. All papers must be double-spaced with only your name and course title and section at the top left of the first page; number all pages. I will not accept any paper that features only websites as sources and I insist on the use of your texts; academic, peer-reviewed journal articles; and other books, periodicals, and newspapers, and then websites that you can authenticate as scholarly in nature, factually accurate, and credible and verifiable as sources for this course.