Writing an English paper can be a challenge if you've never written about literature before or have never done so at the college level. Here are some sources that can help you make the adjustment.
Many of the above online handouts are from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center. If you're interested in viewing their tips for writing in other disciplines (Anthropology, History, Psychology, Sciences, etc.), visit their Tips & Tools web page and check out the list of handouts under the Writing for Specific Fields section. Every discipline does things a bit differently!
Modern Language Association (MLA) Style guidelines are most frequently used for formatting literature papers. Some resources for making sure that you've formatted your paper correctly:
For more information and tips about citing and setting up your paper's works cited list, see the Citing page of this guide.
The Chicago Manual of Style guidelines are also sometimes used in the humanities. Chicago style consists of two documentation systems, notes-bibliography and author-date. Check with your instructor about which system they prefer.
A helpful technique that facilitates writing a research paper is to create an annotated bibliography as you collect sources. More than just a list of properly cited sources, an annotated bibliography includes a note for each source briefly reflecting on how it could be used to support your paper's argument. Doing this work up front can make it easier to integrate sources into your paper when you begin writing.
For further information about creating an annotated bibliography and samples, see:
For instructions on how to properly cite sources in MLA format, see this guide's Citing page.