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  1. APA Format and Literary Analysis By Morgan Franklin, Lindsay Hampton, John Ross, and Kevin Smith

  2. APA Format

  3. General Format • Title Page • Name, date, etc. • Main Body • Information, citations, paraphrases, etc. • References • Sources, author’s name, other information

  4. General Guidelines • The page should be typed, double-spaced with one inch margins • The page should be measured out to (8.5" x 11") • The font should be no more than twelve as well as Times New Roman for the style • On reference page, use a hanging indent for citations

  5. Title Page • Start your paper with a running header flushed to the left at the top of your page • Insert a page number adjacent to the running header • Have you title start in the upper center portion of the title page consisting of no more than twelve words • Beneath the title, type the authors name, starting with the first name • For the author, do not use title’s like “Dr.” or degrees like “Ph.D.” • Below the author, type the institutional affiliation or the place of research

  6. Point of View (POV) • Use an Active Voice (rather than passive) • No personal pronouns! • I • Me • You • Your, etc. • Language • Be Clear • Be Concise

  7. In-Text Citations • Use Signal Verbs to Introduce Quotes • Acknowledged • Contended • Maintained • Responded • Reported • Argued • Concluded, etc. • Citation is NOT required if the information is common knowledge.

  8. In-Text Citations, Cont. • PARAPHRASE / SUMMARY • (Author’s last name, date) • The date is the YEAR, do NOT include the month or day. • QUOTE • (Author’s last name, date, page or paragraph number) • The date is the YEAR, do NOT include the month or day. • If the work has two authors, name them both. • If there are more than two, use “et al”.

  9. References • References are there to credit the author’s of the articles that one uses citations from. • References should always be on the last page on an APA format paper.

  10. How to Make a Reference Page • To start off, one must start with the author’s name, it should go with the last name first, the middle initial (if given), and his/her last name. • The next step is to find the year and date it was published in. • Then the title of the book and where it was published along with who publicized the book. • An example would look like this. • Ross, A. John. (1999) How to make References. New York

  11. How to arrange a reference page • The last part is simple, all one has to do is arrange the references by alphabetical order with the author’s last names. Basically that’s all there is to it.

  12. Literary Analysis

  13. What is a Literary Analysis? • It is NOT a book review • A literary analysis is an interpretive essay on a work of fiction. • The goal of a literary analysis is to broaden your understanding of literature.

  14. What should my literary analysis have? • The key elements of a literary analysis are: • Unity • The essay should have a clear thesis and all topics should relate back to the thesis • Insight • The ideas should be interesting and well thought out. Also, be sure to stay true to the work of fiction • Argument • The essay’s thesis is proved logically, clearly, and completely • Evidence • QUOTES!!

  15. So how do I put my literary analysis together? • The essay should have the following format: • Introduction • Be engaging • Body Paragraphs • Well organized and flow • Conclusion • Bring back thesis • DO NOT summarize • Instead, make final points that end with an attention getter that relates back to thesis and opening statement

  16. TIQA- The friendly essay hero • Topic Sentence • Should have a topic and a limiting idea • Introduce Quote • Provide context to bring in quote. Do NOT just slap the quote in a paragraph • Quote • Make sure it relates to topic and entire essay • Analyze Quote • Do not tell reader what the quote means; this is summarizing. Instead, explain why the quote is important to the essay

  17. Transition Sentences • Provides smooth TRANSITION from paragraph to paragraph • Do not simply start a new paragraph without somewhat mentioning topic in former paragraph • Example: Blanco ran away from home last week. I graduated college. • See how the two have nothing to do with each other?