Criteria for Final Paper in 331

   -Paper should treat its topic thoroughly and as completely as possible given the page range.
   -Paper should be “thesis-driven.”  That is, it should have a clearly stated direction and all materials should be used to support that direction.  Simple reporting should be at a minimum.
   -Paper should be well-documented in either APA or MLA styles.  Double-spaced, “references” or “works cited” page at the end. No cover page necessary, but I would like the paper to have a title.  If you want to subdivide into “works cited” and “works consulted,” please do so.
   -Paper should have a discernible and systematic “method.”  This could be an existing method or one of your own creation.
   -Paper should feature an analysis of its subject matter that is well connected to the media.  That is, media concerns should be clearly at the center of the paper.
   -Paper should address “larger” questions regarding the media and society/culture, as well as detailing the topic itself.
   -Paper should be polished and carefully proof-read.
   -Paper may be divided into sections with headings.  This is not required, but may be useful.
   -Organization is an important key in a longer paper.  Please pay attention to sections, order of ideas, transitions, etc.
    -Source materials can come from primary or secondary sources.  Source range is usually around 5-12 sources for a paper this scope, but that may depend a lot on the topic.
    -Direct quotes should be used when necessary, but not overused.  All claims should be supported with either primary or secondary material.