How long should my research paper be?


In general, your paper should be five to ten pages of double spaced text plus a cover sheet and works cited page.

This is certainly not a rigid requirement. If you feel your paper needs to be longer, ask yourself why. Is it because your thesis is too broad and requires the extra text. Is it because you have extraneous material in the body that may be interesting but is not necessary? Or did you simply have a topic which requires the extra material? If in doubt, check with me.


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