Week 4: Documented Essay

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Week 4: Documented Essay

“Module Introduction…Documented Essay Video Lecture…Creating a Works Cited Page Video Lecture…”


  • Module Introduction
  • Documented Essay Video Lecture
  • Creating a Works Cited Page Video Lecture

Module Introduction

  • In this last module, you’ll practice writing one more academic essay.
  • The documented essay really isn’t anything new.
  • The other two essays you’ve written in this course were documented essays.
  • Documented just means that you use sources to support your points.
  • You will also be challenged to write a longer essay than the ones you’ve already done.

Documented Essay Video Lecture

  • In this lesson you’re going to learn about documented essays.
  • A documented essay is just an essay supported by documentation.
  • Two other types of documented essays that you might write in a college class are the documented critical essay, which is a research paper about literature.
  • One thing that will be different for the documented essay is that you are going to choose your own topic for this assignment.
  • That’s the kind of topic you should choose for this essay.
  • If it’s something that there had been lots of opinions written about, then it’s not going to make a good topic for your documented essay.
  • Before you start writing, you need to plan your essay.
  • Try to think of your thesis statement first, this will help guide your essay.
  • You can write a thesis like in your synthesis essay, where you were showing the reader something important.
  • Since we are trying to make our essays longer to prepare for that research paper, in this essay you should try to have 5-6 body paragraphs.
  • With your introduction and conclusion, that means your essay would be seven or eight paragraphs total.
  • Because it’s a documented essay, you of course, need to use sources.
  • Each body paragraph should have a couple of sources.
  • Try to have at least one source in everybody paragraph.
  • This means your essay would have five or six quotations or paraphrases.
  • You could have two quotations in your essay from the same source, but you should not have six quotations from one source.
  • You probably need to find two or three articles that you can use for this essay.
  • The other new thing for this type of essay is we’re going to use a works cited page.
  • Any time you write a documented essay, you have to cite your sources.
  • In MLA format, you write your sources in a works cited page.
  • The works cited page is the last page of your essay.
  • If your essay is three pages, then your works cited would be the fourth page, like it is here.
  • If your essay is nine pages, then your work cited page would be page ten.

Creating a Works Cited Page Video Lecture

  • In this lecture, I’m going to show you how to create a works cited page.
  • You can see that the first line of each source is on the left margin, and then each other line in the source is indented.
  • So how did we get these entries? Each works cited entry has roughly four parts.
  • Here’s the article for that first entry in the works cited.
  • In the works cited, we can see that the writer accessed that page on October 1.
  • So that’s all you need to know for writing a works cited page in this class.
  • You can you the sample works cited pages, in this course, in as a guide for you.
  • After the author’s name, there’s a period.
  • The author’s last name and first name have a comma between them.
  • Remember in your in text citations, you used the author’s last name.
  • That last name needs to match one of the names in the works cited page.
  • You see the author’s name in the sentence here, David Fahrenthold.
  • Then we know that that’s the first name and last name.
  • We should be able to find the last name alphabetically in the works cited page.
  • This was a paraphrase using the article that did not have an author’s name.
  • They should be the first words of the entry in the work cited page.
  • You see the title is actually longer, Ova Expels Plagiarizing Ohio University Student from Ship, but in the in text citation, we just need a couple of those words, and they need to have quotation marks, because it’s a title.

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