To write a successful seminar paper or scholarly essay in the field of literature, you should observe a few conventions. Apart from the requirements of an accurate critical apparatus, which will be discussed later in this chapter, these basic rules mainly concern the structural organization of your research paper. Most importantly, it has to be logically organized and contain an introductory paragraph, a main part, and a conclusion.

The first or introductory paragraph fulfills several functions: the initial sentence or sentences should lead the reader to the topic by moving from more general statements on the overall subject matter to the actual focus of the paper. A feasible strategy is to depart from ...

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