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Literacy Research Paper


The primary purpose of this assignment is to allow you to read and analyze a novel/novella length work of literature, formulate your own creative and insightful opinions on the work, state said opinions in a correctly formatted MLA research paper, and support aforementioned opinions with properly documented secondary academic sources.

The completion of this assignment will also demonstrate your ability to correctly utilize GALILEO to research and document academic sources as well as your ability to successfully utilize MLA format.



  • 5 pages minimum excluding Works Cited page
  • MLA Format (please use attached template)
  • 1 primary source (the novella)
  • 7 secondary sources from GALILEO
  • 3 Structural Elements of the Novel must be mentioned (Structural Elements and Literary Terms Folder)
  • 3 Figurative/Connotative Devices must be mentioned (Structural Elements and Literary Terms Folder)

You will write a Literary Research Paper in MLA Format over your presented short story, poem, or autobiography.

The paper should delve substantially into a thesis which is additionally supported by multiple literary devices such as plot, theme, style, form, symbol(s), characters/archetypes, etc. Possible themes which warrant consideration when forming a thesis might include the evils of capitalism, the positive aspects of socialism, the immigrant experience, and the American Dream.

You must use a minimum of one quote EACH from five (5) secondary sources (full text articles from GAILEO) and one (1) primary source (the primary source for this paper is your presented short story, poem, or autobiography.

All quotes should be properly cited using in-text citations along with a correctly formatted Works Cited page. 

Secondary sources MUST come from full text articles found in GALILEO. Use of secondary sources such as Wikipedia, blog posts, message boards, and web pages are inappropriate for this level of research and will not be considered a secondary source.


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