Paper organization

Your term paper should have several elements. I strongly suggest using the following format:

Introductory paragraph:
  • Background
  • Thesis statement
  • Outline of paper
Literature review (maybe 3-5 pages)
  • Summary of one argument
  • Summary of another argument
  • Strengths and weaknesses of each
Your thesis (maybe 2-3 pages)
  • State your thesis
  • Premises and conclusions
Evidence
  • What in principle would disprove your thesis
  • What information you looked for and how you found it
Conclusion
  • Summarize thesis
  • What does it imply for other stuff we might care about
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