Paper 1 Due: February 25, midnight

Topics from which to choose:

1. Explain what a myth is, and describe some of the different ways that the function

of myth has been explained?

2. What are the goals of the feminist movement regarding religion? If this movement is successful in reaching its goals, what may be gained or lost?

3. Analyze The Matrix: what elements of the filmakers worldview comes from Buddhism?

4. Explain the significance of relationship — with humans and nature — in both Taoist and Confucian thought.

Reference Materials and Other Sources

There are numerous religious reference books in the library you may use to begin your research. General reference books, however, are not allowed as source material. General references include such things as World Book, Colliers, Britannica or Encarta encyclopedias. If you’re unsure about a source material check with me before you commit to using it. After exploring general works then go to more detailed references: scholarly books, journals, online resources and other periodicals. Your paper should be a balanced mix of sources.
Remember to begin your research early in order to take advantage of ILL (interlibrary loan) needs.

The Look
Each paper should contain: a title page, a page that contains your thesis statement and outline, 5 to 7pages of text written in formal and grammatically correct English with correct MLA in-text citations, and a page for your bibliography of 7 sources. Remember that a bibliography is not a works cited; therefore you may have more sources in a bibliography than you used or quoted from in your paper.

Title Page: title of paper on line 12, author’s name on line 20, course name on line 40,
instructor’s name on line 41, date on line 42 — all centered in Times New Roman, 12.

Thesis and Outline Page: State thesis (which should answer the question asked of you) at top of page. Outline should follow in standard Roman Numeral format.

Body of Paper: 5 to 7 complete pages written in formal and grammatically correct English, following MLA style with in-text citations. If you’ve forgotten MLA format which you learned in ENC 1101, the library has MLA packets.

Bibliography: Should be arranged alphabetically by author/editor’s last name with seven sources of which two must be books and three must be journal articles (online journals are fine.)

The following outline should be a general guide for writing a research paper.
I. Thesis Statement: The introduction of the paper should contain a brief statement indicating what the student is attempting to achieve. This statement should answer the question asked of you. The best thesis statements are built on a positive statement rooted in a well-chosen active verb.
II. Body of Paper: In the main text of the paper, the student should identify the internal logic of the topic and use this logic to structure the paper. Is the logical approach to the topic a chronological development? A comparison or contrast? A list of most to least important? Once the structure is chosen, the student should proceed to arrange research materials in a clear and persuasive manner. The paper should move beyond simply relating a list of facts or retelling a story. A detailed analysis of the topic is required and your paper should include an engaging synthesis of source material.
III. Conclusion: A conclusion should be drawn based upon the analysis of the research. This conclusion should either resolve the problem indicated or summarize the points covered. Unresolved points also may be indicated.