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WRITING IN CLASSICS

Research Papers

A research paper is essentially an expanded essay, requiring the development of a thesis and the presentation of evidence — both primary and secondary — for support. At most levels of the Classics major and minor, the research paper is a normal method of assessing the student's thinking, organizational, and writing abilities. Developing your skills in writing research papers is therefore a crucial part of your studies.

This section of Writing in Classics covers topics of specific interest to the art and craft of the research paper. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with the fundamentals of the essay, including purpose, planning, and writing — all of which must be brought to bear on the writing of research papers.

The issues presented here are as follows
• The development of the thesis, or main argument
• Guidelines for finding and using primary and secondary sources
Reading source material in preparation for writing
• The academic crime of plagiarism
• The process of citation — when to cite and when not
• A word or two on bibliography