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Homer, The Iliad
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Sophocles, Antigone
Plato, The Republic
Virgil, The Aeneid


The Basics
Close and Critical Reading


Roger Dunkle
Donna Wilson
Hardy Hanson
John Van Sickle


CORC 1110 Study Guide
Perseus Project
Classics Resources
Greek Mythology Link
Glossary of Terms

Writing Techniques

Writing a research paper is not always easy. But it can be if you know some Basic Writing Techniques.

The Basics

After reading and taking notes for your paper, you should have a general idea about the topic you want to discuss in your written assignment. Sometimes your professor may give you a topic. In either case, the same writing techniques apply.

The Outline

The first step in writing any paper is to have an outline. The outline is important because it is the foundation for the development of your paper. When creating an outline, you could follow these tips:

1. Determine which idea or issue you want to discuss.
Compile all the information you have to support your ideas.
Organize the heading.

The Introduction

Introducing your thesis can be quite difficult. You want to do it in a way that shows the reader, here is my issue and this is how I will address it. Give the reader working knowledge of the question or issue you are dealing with. If paper is titled, "Is the Iliad a tragedy of Achilles?", then you might want to start by giving a brief description of Achilles' background.

The Body

Always describe before you analyze. If there is something you don't agree with, do not insult the author, it shows that you have lack the ability to address the issue intelligently. For example, when Homer writes, ďA multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king ", make sure that your opposing opinion is tasteful.

The Conclusion

The best approach for a conclusion is to make your final point and end it gracefully. It does not need to be very long. Briefly summarize the main focus of your paper to make your final position clear. Half a page at the end of a fifteen page paper is more than enough.