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Researched Definition Paper




For this paper, you will be defining one of the following: science, religion, or magic. Although you have considered these terms already, this time I would like you to bring in some supporting sources to help you clarify a personal definition of one of these terms.  The purpose of this assignment is two-fold: it should inform your audience (your classmates and me) of how we should understand the term, as well as entering the conversation regarding the significance of the term, as well as whatever that term represents.  As such, your thesis should contain both the brief definition of the term and the subject/s or topic/s you will use to illustrate your definition.  Do not be afraid to have several components to your definition of whichever term you choose, as our context demonstrates that these word/s can be very complex.

Dawn Bleyle's "Dresden's Laboratory"

As before, you will need to create a thesis, narrow it effectively, and make sure that the rest of your paper supports that thesis and does not stray to other interesting but irrelevant pointsor does not repeat the same supporting points. This time, however, I would like to see you using the results of your research to support your points.  Please quote from at least four sources, two of them scholarly, to support your definition.
Make sure as you write this paper that you are using examples to support your definition of science, religion, or magic rather than letting the paper be guided or consumed by a published definition, description, or history of the topic/s you are discussing

Format: This paper should be double-spaced, carefully edited and proofread, and prepared using  MLA format.  You should have a heading with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and the date on it in the upper left-hand corner.  Your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of each page, either beginning with or after your first page. Additionally, you should have the paper number and the title of your essay on a separate centered line before you begin your paper.  The essay should be three to four pages in length with one-inch margins, not including your Work(s) Cited (if necessary).

We will peer review these papers in groups, but you may also have your essay read by a reader in the Writing Center on campus.  If you do so, of course, make sure you bring in a copy of this assignment sheet with your draft and remember that the readers in the center may require a 48-hour turn around time, so plan ahead and make an appointment.  Having your paper at the Writing Center is not a valid excuse for attempting to turn it in late, especially as turning it in requires the e-mailing of a digital copy to me.  


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