Comparison/Contrast Paper Directions
Writing the Comparison/Contrast Paper:
You will be writing a four-to-six page (text portion; the works cited and/or title page do not count; the paper must be at least four complete pages (no 3/4 or 1/2 page; four full pages of text) comparison contrast paper as a requirement for completing this course. This may be a comparison of two authors, two works by the same author, or two works by different authors.
You will need a minimum of three sources for this paper; your text counts as one source. The two remaining sources must adhere to the guidelines for using sources.
The paper should have a clear thesis statement (i.e., Poe and Hawthorne are masters at revealing the dark side of the human psyche.)
As with any comparison/contrast paper, you should develop your paper either using the point-by-point or subject-by-subject method.
If you want me to look at your thesis or rough draft, I will be happy to do so. (I will not edit the paper, but I will give you general comments.)
I expect a minimum of four quotes from your primary sources (i.e. if you are comparing “The Wild Honey Suckle” to “Each and All,” I would expect two quotes from each poem) as well as two quotes from each outside source used.
Your paper should be written following MLA guidelines (internal citations for each source; line numbers for poems; page numbers for other works).
Methods of Organization for a Comparison/Contrast Paper:
Introduction: Thesis provides information regarding the works you are comparing/contrasting
Point One: First Subject
Point Two: Second Subject
Point Three: Comparison/Contrast of Subjects
Conclusion: Restatement of points
Introduction: Thesis provides information regarding the works you are comparing/contrasting
Point One: First Point, both subjects
Point Two: Second Point, both subjects
Point Three: Third Point, both subjects
Conclusion: Restatement of points
I would plan on about three-quarters of a page for the introduction, half a page for the conclusion, and about a page for each “point” in the outlines above.
Citing the work:
For the works you are using from the text, you need only give the page number for any quote from a story and the line numbers from any quote form a poem. For your outside sources, you will need a Works Cited page. Give the author and page number (Brown 42) for any quote in the test; the full bibliographic information will appear on the Works Cited page. Follow MLA standards. If you have any questions about MLA format, access the PSC Learning resource center help at
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