Paper Format & Style
Your paper should take a position, introduce a clear argument at the start in your thesis statement, and provide evidence from both the popular and peer-reviewed sources about why your interpretation of the discussion is correct. Your paper should be formatted in Chicago style and have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
1. Introduction: summarizes what you will write and puts it into context
2. Body: presents the main points of the paper, with each paragraph representing one aspect of the paper's main focus. Prioritize and organize your main points and paragraphs to logically build your arguments to a compelling conclusion. Each paragraph should include a topic sentence, evidence, analysis, and a transition sentence:
3. Conclusion: summarizes what you wrote and what you learned
4. References list: a list of the sources you cited
Use Dr. Chenoweth's detailed guidelines in his Paper Writing and Grading Guide below, which includes detailed information on how he will grade your papers, and his Common Mistakes in Professional Writing Guide.. For more writing help, contact the Writing Center and make an online appointment to meet with one of their consultants.