How to Craft a Critical Essay - Mississippi State University

How to Craft a Critical Essay - Mississippi State University

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4 E N 341 Studies Research is a process Remember the acronym: R-BIRE Read, Brainstorm, Instructor, Research, Essay R: Read Read the assigned work Annotate the text as you read Recurring images Themes Symbols Etc. May need to read more

than once B: Brainstorm Brainstorm based on your observations from the book Clustering Pictures Mindmapping Design thinking Organize these thoughts into a thesis (what it is your want to argue about the work) I: Instructor With your thesis, visit your instructor to see if he or she thinks it is adequate for the assignment

He or she will likely offer ways you can argue your thesis, give you some textual examples, or help in other ways Make sure to bring a pen to jot down his or her helpful ideas R: Research Now that you have your own, original thesis, you can begin to research without fearing plagiarizing the work of others. Read articles that support and refute your argument, trying to determine how you can work against those arguments to make yours unique Tools for research: Databases (MLA, Project Muse, JSTOR) Journals

Books (chapters) Dictionaries R: Research (contd) Keep up with all of your sources you will need to cite them at the end of your paper Even if you dont think you will use a source, its a good idea to keep it once youve read it Make sure not to plagiarize the work of another Use quotations if you are quoting something directly Paraphrase Cite after you use someone elses idea (use proper MLA format) E: Essay With your research done,

you can begin to craft your essay Make sure to organize it in a logical manner, and that each of your body paragraphs relates back to your thesis in some way. Be sure to proofread multiple times before submitting. Include a works cited page at the end, formatted in proper MLA style

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