If not, chances are good that what you have done is probably not too relevant to the course.
And don’t forget: course readings must be cited properly like everything else.
RESEARCH PAPERS AND TOPIC PAPERS Most non-fiction class papers fall into one of two categories: research papers or topic papers.
For research papers, you are expected to pick a topic and engage in independent research (usually in the library or online) to find information and sources.
THESIS STATEMENTS Whether your paper involves outside research or not, you need to have a thesis statement.
Once you have an idea of what you want to say, and have some grasp of what others have said, you need to make your ideas more concrete by coming up with a thesis sentence(s).A good thesis might be: * The history of the Soviet Union indicates many of the problems involved with centralized economic planning and the bureaucratized society that will inevitably develop.This thesis is debatable, it is specific, and it is reasonably concise.No matter which kind of paper you are writing you must make use of the course readings.Those readings are there to help you understand material both in and out of the course.A thesis indicates the main argument of your paper.The point of any class paper is to persuade your reader that you have something to say that he or she should care about.A good thesis should be debatable, specific, and concise.The following is not a good thesis: * The history of the Soviet Union is very interesting and complex.Notice that your goal is to convince your “reader” not the professor.When I read a paper, I am not the audience, rather I’m the judge, determining how well I think your work would convince someone else.