A strong, clear, and arguable THESIS about the primary text or monster.
A close reading of key textual passages or specific images or features of your primary text.
Citation of at least one primary and 4 secondary sources in the essay.
General online sources do not count. Though you can and should consult general online sources such as wikis, online bios, and literary information sites (SparkNotes, etc.), these sources will NOT count as one of the 4 secondary sources. You should minimize your use and dependence on these sources if you hope to write a successful paper. Start there and then move on.
2 of the sources must be “scholarly.” The Cohen article that we read together fits this category. Other sources that we locate as a class that have a general interest will be placed on Blackboard in the READINGS or MONSTER RESEARCH tabs. If you need help evaluating a source, ask me. And remember that you can use the works cited lists and bibliographies of sources to locate other sources.
You must do a database search for articles and include at least ONE source that you discover through database research. The most useful databases are likely to be the Literary Research Center and EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier. The psychology databases might also prove interesting. Ellie Horowitz will introduce us to database research in the library class.
One of the 4 required secondary sources can be another literary or pop-cultural work (tv show, etc). You can discuss as many works as you like but be sure you are clear about what your primary text is. And regardless of how many literary sources you include, the 2 scholarly sources are still required.
In-text citations must be complete and accurate.
You will use either MLA or APA style, depending on which is the style used in your major.
The citations list page
PLEASE USE THE OUTLINE DOWN BELOW AS A GUIDE
THESE ARE THE ARTICLES THAT I NEED YOU TO USE FOR EVIDENCE AND I NEED YOU TO FIND TWO MORE.
The Psychology of Fear: Exploring the Science Behind Horror Entertainment