Final Paper

Final Paper

Your final paper will be the culmination of the semester long project that presents a complete anthology or field guide. For some of you, it will be your first book. Well done! Below are steps to follow to turn your work from the semester into an edited finished product. The outline is a rough guide for the page count, but can be flexible.

Due Date: January 3rd


1) Title Page (1 page)

2) Table of contents (1 page)

3) Introduction (1-3 pages)

This includes an introduction to your particular categories, literature review, and conclusion

6) Annotated collection (10 entries; 5-10 pages)

7) Bibliography (1 page)

Page total: 10-13 pages


As you write, you would do well to imagine yourself as an “author” or "editor" who has to communicate ideas to an absent reader. This problem is one related to style and rhetoric: how does your writing reflect your own absence in a way that the reader can still follow your words to achieve some sort of communication? What does the reader need to be present in the words s/he you write in order to follow your claim?

Visual Cues

  • Grammar and spelling: check and double check
  • Paragraphs: Limit each paragraph to one idea. More than one idea per paragraph is like a conversation with several people speaking at once.
  • Sections: Consider using sections titles from the outline above (make them unique to your anthology) to help keep focused and the reader following.
  • Transitions: these should be used between each section, paragraph, and sentence. Each idea needs a directional marker: from where have you just come and where are you going?
  • Images: If you are using images, be sure they are formatted in a similar manner.
  • Citations: Quotes should be properly formatted (MLA) and should be used to support a claim or introduce a new claim that you will address. A citation is an expert who supports your claim, or an expert with whom you disagree. Give this expert the context they need to be the most effective and engage the quote as a dialogue.
  • Reader questions: Imagine and address issues a reader may have. If you notice a problem in your argument or in your method, address this in your writing with support. Imagine other potential questions a reader may have and be sure you address them as well. If the quesitons or problems you begin to see are so broad that you cannot address them completely, you might need to reframe your original question or categorization.


Plan to finish well before the submission deadline in case something happens that is out of your control. If you follow the steps this semester, you will have an excellent final product.