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This is a Research Paper on “The snow of kilimanjaro”

You must follow the assignment exactly.

Please note that this is not a thesis controlled essay; it is an exploration of sources.

You will use a total of four sources, including the primary source

. Find three commentaries (articles, interviews, overviews, critical essays, etc.) about the story or play and take notes or highlight the parts that help in your understanding. You should use at least two substantial quotations from each commentary in your paper. I encourage you to use more than three commentaries (secondary sources). Keep in mind that your research should focus on the literature itself, not on the author, though you may find articles in which the author (writer of the primary source) discusses the story, novel, or play, or you may find that the author’s own life is relevant to the story in a very specific way. Many biographies include discussions of specific pieces of literature by the author. The primary source (the story, novel, or play) does not count as one of the three commentaries (secondary sources). This means that you will have at least four sources in your works cited list. Again, I encourage you to use additional sources, especially if you don’t find answers to your questions by using only three.

Don’t use:

  • No internet (or print) sources that are “notes” or “summaries” of the primary source (CliffsNotes, Endnotes, Classicnotes, Booknotes, Sparknotes, Novelguide.com, etc) (Anything with lots of advertisements should be avoided.) If you are unsure about a source, let me know.
  • No student papers or free essays from websites like 1234helpme.com, freeessays.tv, gradesaver.com, sunflower.singnet.com, cbronte.com, bookrags, planetpapers.com, antiessays.com, directessays.com, academon.com, echeat.com, study.com–I’m truly amazed at how many websites like this exist! (These papers are often already plagiarized, or they are written by high school students with no real evidence for their views.)
  • No encyclopedias, especially Wikipedia, which is a good general reference but not always reliable, especially not as literary criticism
  • No dictionaries–definitions of words aren’t commentaries (though it’s good to look up words, of course)
  • No unsigned internet articles
  • No interviews with friends about the story or play (though it’s good to discuss the primary source with other people)_
  • USE
  • Books (biographies of
    the author, compilations of critical essays, critical studies of the story,
    novel or play)

    HCCS databases (When you
    click on “Libraries” on the homepage, you will see a link for databases A to Z.
    Gale literature resources are now under “A” for Artemis. (This is a recent
    change.) Just login with your normal HCCS student login. You will be prompted
    to do this once you choose the database that you want.

    Movies or documentaries
    that relate to the the primary source (You must discuss these in the paper, not
    just mention them, to count them as sources. Normally, this would include a
    comparison between the written work and the movie or documentary. Use only one
    video source. )

    Reliable websites (with
    authors listed)

    Websites with .org,
    .gov., .edu (unless the source is a student paper)


    As indicated above,
    as of Spring 2017, you may use your normal student login to access library
    databases. Just go to to “Libraries” at the top of the HCCS home page and then
    choose the database that you want. I suggest that you start with Artemis, which
    includes all of the Gale Literature databases.

    Writing the Paper

    In your paper, begin with a brief introduction in which you tell why you chose
    this story or play, what questions you had after reading, how your found your
    sources, which sources were most useful. This introduction is required. You
    should use “I” in the introduction since you are discussing your
    personal response.

    4. Include a very brief discussion of the primary source itself, including
    quotations that you think are important.
    This part of the paper shouldn’t
    be more than a paragraph or two. (I emphasize “brief” because in the
    past, some students have discussed the story, novel, or play for half the paper
    and responded very briefly to the commentaries.) This part of the paper should be similar
    to a short reading response.

    5. Then discuss each commentary (source) in a full paragraph for each source,
    letting the reader know what the critics have said about your story, novel, or
    play. Include at least two substantial quotations from the source and
    your responses to what the critics say. A substantial quotation is more than
    one sentence. You will need to give the name and author of each commentary, but
    don’t use these as headings. I prefer that you organize your essay by
    discussing the sources one by one in separate paragraphs. You may, of course,
    make connections among the sources to make the essay flow nicely. I’m
    interested in what you find out about the literature through research. Please
    follow punctuation rules for quotations. Quotation marks don’t substitute for
    other marks of punctuation (commas, colons, semicolons, periods). Here is a
    website that should be useful:
    Quotations in Essays

    6. Do not put the
    author’s name in parentheses
    after a quotation. You should introduce your
    source at the beginning of the paragraph by including the author’s name and the
    title of the source in your topic sentence for the paragraph. You may, of
    course, mention the author’s name again in a sentence if you wish, but don’t
    put the author’s name in parentheses. Use sentences like, “Baker goes on
    to say that. . . .” or “he also says that. . . .”

    7. At the end of the paper, summarize what you have learned by doing the
    research, perhaps letting your reader know which commentaries answered the
    questions you had, which gave you additional insight, which were difficult to
    understand, etc. Again, you should use “I.”

    8. Include a works cited list at the end of the paper, listing all
    sources alphabetically, using MLA documentation format. Be sure
    to list your primary source (the story, play, or novel you are writing about).
    must follow MLA format exactly. If you need help, let me know. You may wish to
    pick up a handout at the library or consult the following website: MLA Format. The Purdue
    On-line Writing Lab
    (OWL) is also very useful. I provided a sample works
    cited list at the end of this file. The list is not called “references” or


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