Purdue Online Writing Lab Great resource on general writing, term papers, proper style, grammer and punctuation, citation styles etc.
See also: Style Sheet(BA Thesis and Term Papers American Literature) on formatting and citation style
Sample papers: See winning papers of the Essay Prize below.
Essay Prize for Scholarly Papers in American and English Literature
Essay Prize 2020 - Winner!
We warmly congratulate our student Ulrike Golz and happily announce her paper as the winner of the Essay Prize for Papers in English and American Literatures 2020! Ms. Golz's paper "The Creation of Black Female Identity in Maya Angelou’s Poem 'Still I rise'" is deservedly awared with the prize for its most careful poetological analysis of Angelou's poem. Well done! We are happy to present Ms. Golz with a 30 Euro gift certificate for Buchhandlung Peterknecht and thank our sponsor for their support.
The Essay Prize is awarded once during the academic year for a particularly well argued, thoroughly researched, and eloquently written student paper. Students may submit their papers according to the guidelines below in the fall of each year. Lecturers are very welcome to nominate students or encourage the submission of promising papers. The winner will be announced in December and receive a 30€ book voucher sponsored by buchbar Erfurt.
Guidelines of the Essay Prize 2021:
Papers eligible for the award include papers in the fields of American and/or British literatures and cultures during the academic year of 2020/21, more specifically between October 2020 and September 2021. Submissions can be both traditional (textual analysis) and non-traditional papers (alternatives to textual analysis in method or subject). BA thesis papers are also eligible. All papers must be submitted to the English Department following the procedure described below.
Your submission will be evaluated anonymously by two reviewers who are not the instructors for the seminar in which you wrote the paper. Winners will be notified by email and announced and celebrated on our departmental website. We thank our sponsors at buchbar for their support!
Each student is eligible to submit one essay under the terms delineated above. Please only submit clean copies (without instructors’ comments but also without any further revision on your part). Include a cover page, which states “2021 Essay Prize Competition,” the date of submission, the title of the course and name of instructor, your own name and pledge. For the pledge on the cover page, please write out this variation of the honor code and sign it (if submitting via email, include a digital signature): “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid during the completion of this work. I am providing my instructor with an identical copy of the original, with no other changes except this title page, and (if they were missing from the original) numbers on the upper right-hand top of the page, and MLA documentation of all sources in a Works Cited page.”