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Things to avoid in research papers
-History is always written in the past tense – do not use the present when speaking about events that have already transpired. Past tense verbs tend to end in "ed." I know that you have done the opposite in English classes, but I hate to tell you, Shakespeare is dead, really dead, so he is in the past tense.
-Do not just stick in a quote at the end of a paragraph or leave a quote not analyzed. Quotes are awesome, but only use them if you totally are unable to restate it or it is like a pearl of wisdom that adds tremendously to your paper (with your analysis of course) and cite your source either way obviously.
-You should be transitioning between paragraphs so make sure that there is a bridge between topics and that you aren't just jumping around randomly. I suggest chronological order or thematic order.
-The proper way to cite in-text: “Your quote is in quotes.” And Turabian we will be going over in class.
-More than 8 quotes is really pushing it. Every single quote must be analyzed and if you don't know how to do a quote longer than 3 lines, look it up in the back of your English book.
-Don't ever, wouldn't even consider, shouldn't accidentally allow even one contraction.
-The words I, my, you, your, we, and us will not appear unless in a quote from a person who was there in the era you are writing about.
-Read every sentence out loud and make sure that your writing sounds like an actual human would say it out loud to another human.
-Do not use the thesaurus. It does not make you sound smarter to just use a bigger word, it makes you sound confused. You are not confused, you are an expert in your topic; let your readers know this with a clear voice.
- You are making an argument in this paper, prove it with facts. Vague ramblings earn no points in life or on this paper.
-Make sure that all of your topic sentences back up your thesis.
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