• READING FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30:Writing Reports by Lofland and Lofland (library reserve)
  • DUE DATE FOR DRAFT 1: Monday, April 18 (2 copies)
  • DUE DATE FOR THE FINAL PAPER AND FIELDNOTES: Monday, May 2 by 4 p.m. in my office (Smullin 213)


The draft and final version of your approximately 15 page, typed, double-spaced (excluding the reference page and fieldnotes) analytic paper will include the following parts:

  1. Title page with paper title, student name, course number and name, name of professor, and submission date
  2. Introduction (typically 1-2 paragraphs)
  3. Literature review. Sometimes the introduction and literature review are combined into one section. Take whatever approach works for you. (several pages in length)
  4. Methods (several paragraphs in length)
  5. Results/Analysis (bulk of your paper; perhaps 8-10 pages in length)
  6. Summary or conclusion (several paragraphs in length)
  7. Reference page - minimum of 15 professional/academic references plus any other references including interviews, videos, popular press periodicals, etc. (according to ASA Style Guide)
  8. Fieldnotes and coding

I have tried to give you some guidelines for the length of different sections of your analytic paper, but please consider them guidelines.

In many ways, examples of the format and content of your paper are the articles appearing in The Cultural Study of Work. Your best bet is to look through the articles in this book and pick one of them as a model that you can adopt in crafting your paper.

This handout also includes:

ASA Style Guide instructions for in-text citations that I expect you to use in this paper. You already have the handout and an example of the reference page completed according to the ASA Style Guide.

When evaluating your analytic paper, I will apply the following criteria:

  • Carefully constructed and well-written paper
  • Logical and well-organized paper with smooth transitions from one idea to another
  • Clear and easy to understand description and analysis of your chosen topic
  • Requirements of the assignment fulfilled
  • Thoughtful and original ideas
  • Evidence, examples, and quotes from your fieldnotes, interviews, and the literature to support your analysis
  • Sophisticated application and integration of sociology in conceptualizing, interpreting, and analyzing your chosen topic or paper focus
  • Proper format for in-text citations and the reference page as outlined in the ASA Style Guide
  • Writing mechanics such as sentence structure, repetitious word choice, grammar, spelling, and punctuation

If anyone has any questions about writing your proposal, please ask me.

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