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Benjamin Franklin

-Ben Franklin, photo from Biography in Context database

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Hey! This LibGuide will help you through the process of research for your project. Feel free to contact me if you need help at any time.

research model

1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.

2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.

3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.


EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items?


Janice Clayton
GH 229C 486-0661
American Literature 2327
Spring 2011 Flex II
Research Paper Assignment for American Literature 2327
DUE ON APRIL 26, 2011

Book as Symbol in The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

Write an essay of about 900-1000 words in which you consider this topic: Book
as Symbol in The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin. Read the excerpt from
The Autobiography that is found in our American Literature textbook (377-425)
and consider the significance of the book as symbol in the development of the
story of Franklin’s life. Five sources must be incorporated into the text , with
The Autobiography as the main primary source. Standard Modern Language
Association style (the 2009 update) must be followed, especially in regard to
parenthetical documentation for quotations and paraphrases (Hacker 110-27)
and in the presentation of the works cited (Hacker 127-52). Also, pay special
attention to the consideration of the SIGNAL PHRASE to eliminate the error of
the DROPPED QUOTATION (Hacker 112-19). Of course, the essay must be typed
and double-spaced.

A symbol carries a meaning beyond itself. For Benjamin Franklin in the world
of the eighteenth century, literacy and the book were symbolic of personal
advancement, individualism, and hope for the future. Consider Franklin’s
reading of books, his creation of the library, his involvement in printing, his
work as an author and all other episodes that deal with literacy and the book.
Take notes on the episodes. Then consider how Franklin’s references to himself
and books reveal a theme of the autobiography. THEN begin to incorporate
the views of critics and biographers that will support the assertion (the thesis)
of this essay. Direct quotations from Franklin’s story are imperative as are
references to the critics.

I will be happy to read rough drafts of this assignment and comment.
The research paper counts for twenty percent of the final grade.

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