The following two sample research papers are typical of the papers that might be submitted in different kinds of courses.
Reading these papers will help you learn about organizing an argument and working with sources. The papers also demonstrate the use of MLA style to document sources and the formatting of the margins, line spacing, and other physical attributes of a printed paper. The MLA’s guidelines on formatting papers appear elsewhere on this site.
The sample papers were written by MLA staff members who are experienced college teachers. You may find that the writing and documentation seem polished. Because the sample papers serve as models, we aimed to make them free of errors in grammar and documentation. Nevertheless, we hope that the papers usefully represent good student work.
This paper, on Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, shows you how to incorporate figures into your text, style a block quotation, and cite a variety of sources. Read about block quotations in the MLA Handbook (1.3.2–3, 1.3.7).
This paper, on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and the courtship novel, features examples of how to use notes in MLA style, cite a dictionary definition, and more.
Unformatted text preview: 1 Name Name Professor Bowers Composition 1010 October 25, 2011 Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village The Henry Ford Museum is an informative attraction that brings all ages together. It’s especially convenient for me considering the Henry Ford Museum is a local attraction, so I can easily drive up there whenever I want! It’s located just off of Oakwood Boulevard and Rotunda in Dearborn (mapquest.com). It has many exhibits that draw people from all over in, but my favorite is Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village! This includes dinner with a turn of the 20 th century air, and a moonlit path full of decorations and fun! When you first walk into the cozy wooden room, the first thing you notice is how dark it is. Looking around you observe the only source of light is the candles hanging from the ceiling. Walking further in, you see that all the waitresses are wearing white bonnets and long skirts and the waiters have on leather vests and boots. Besides the servers, most of the guests are dressed up the waiters have on leather vests and boots....
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