Up to Snuff #119: Step by step notes for writing an MLA research paper

Up to Snuff #119:  Step by Step Notes on Writing an MLA Research Paper

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

  • Journal and free write
  • Make a loop diagram
  • Look at persuasion itself
  • Choose subject and develop question (very nice to relate something to chosen career, advance in your field and advance your field)
  • Look at academic databases and opposing views database, key word searches
  • Talk to a Librarian in chat
  • Search abstracts and make prints
  • Rough writing plan 1: thesis, argument, points 1, 2,3, opposing views, audience, goals, supporting resources, aspects of research effectively supported with evidence
  • Annotated bibliography 1
  • Refined writing plan 2
  • Refined annotated bibliography 2 with summaries and notes on credibility, related to what point, check for currency and c.r.a.a.p method of sources (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose)
  • Sometimes get an advisor’s/professor or peers feedback etc. at this juncture
  • Go back to library and print viable sources
  • Split paper in half list quotes with their page number and intext citation notes on one side and usage notes on right side
  • Perform any necessary research
  • Create a rough draft
  • Revisions
  • Edits (fact check, spelling, grammar, punctuation, concise, run software)
  • Final draft
  • Final edits, polish, style document, completely tight and cleaned
  • Perfected annotated bibliography in MLA format

Takes more than a month to write one professionally.

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