For this intro paragraph you do not need to worry about introducing all of your texts - you're using too many sources, it'll make your paragraph too long! Instead, introduce the main concept, intersectionality, and wait to introduce each source/novel when you actually bring up that source.
Intro Paragraph Example using Thesis Example #3:
Racism and sexism are two types of prejudice that have been brought to light as issues in America. Both of these prejudices are deeply seeded in American history, and steps are being made every day to fight against both racism and sexism. However, at times these battles have been criticized for excluding specific groups by lumping people from each group all together as one type of person. This is where the concept of intersectionality comes in. Intersectionality addresses the fact that people belong to various identity groups at the same time; for instance, race AND gender. In fights against racism, the struggles between men and women of color are going to have different issues. In fights against sexism, feminist groups are sometimes criticized for not addressing the issues that women of color specifically have to overcome. Grouping white women with women of color does not address the nuanced issues that intersection of identities suffer through. Although conversations have started around various types of prejudice, the concept of intersectionality also needs to be brought up because issues between race and gender are different, and worse, than the issues of discrimination against a race or gender individually.
Intro Paragraph Example using Thesis Example #4:
The legal system was originally designed to support and defend the US Constitution, which states that “all men are created equal.” Unfortunately, the outcome has been a little different. Despite the constitution stating “all men,” those with different racial background, genders, or religious beliefs have been discriminated in a variety of ways. Discrimination can happen on a personal level, in education, in the workplace, or through the legal system. Most of the time when these prejudices are discussed, they are only discussed one at a time: racism or sexism or Islamophobia. However, each individual cannot just be put into one box of race or gender or religion. The biggest issue in regards to prejudice in America is how the intersectionality of these social identities is ignored. These issues are predominantly seen through the legal system, where wrongful arrests and shootings target minorities. However, depending on the various minority groups a person belongs to, they will experience different types of prejudice and may even have a higher chance of being discriminated against by America’s legal system.
Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (Including Online Databases)
Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Not every Web page will provide all of the following information. However, collect as much of the following information as possible both for your citations and for your research notes:
Use the following format:
Author. Title. Title of container (self contained if book), Other contributors (translators or
editors), Version (edition), Number (vol. and/or no.), Publisher, Publication Date, Location (pages, paragraphs and/or URL, DOI or permalink). 2nd container’s title, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location, Date of Access (if applicable).
An Article in an Online Scholarly Journal
For all online scholarly journals, provide the author(s) name(s), the name of the article in quotation marks, the title of the publication in italics, all volume and issue numbers, and the year of publication. Include a URL, DOI, or permalink to help readers locate the source.
Article in an Online-only Scholarly Journal
MLA requires a page range for articles that appear in Scholarly Journals. If the journal you are citing appears exclusively in an online format (i.e. there is no corresponding print publication) that does not make use of page numbers, indicate the URL or other location information.
Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture and Policy: Current Conditions and Future
Directions.” Social Work and Society: The International Online-Only Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008, www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/60/362. Accessed 20 May 2009.
A YouTube Video
Video and audio sources need to be documented using the same basic guidelines for citing print sources in MLA style. Include as much descriptive information as necessary to help readers understand the type and nature of the source you are citing. If the author’s name is the same as the uploader, only cite the author once. If the author is different from the uploaded, cite the author’s name before the title.
“8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 June 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs.
McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdzy9bWW3E.
Speeches, Lectures, or Other Oral Presentations (including Conference Presentations)
Provide the speaker’s name. Then, give the title of the speech (if any) in quotation marks. Follow with the title of the particular conference or meeting and then the name of the organization. Name the venue and its city (if the name of the city is not listed in the venue’s name). Use the descriptor that appropriately expresses the type of presentation (e.g., Address, Lecture, Reading, Keynote Speech, Guest Lecture, Conference Presentation).
Stein, Bob. “Reading and Writing in the Digital Era.” Discovering Digital Dimensions, Computers and Writing Conference, 23 May 2003, Union Club Hotel, West Lafayette, IN. Keynote Address.
Films or Movies
List films by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director's name.
The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer, performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro, Polygram, 1995.
To emphasize specific performers or directors, begin the citation with the name of the desired performer or director, followed by the appropriate title for that person.
Lucas, George, director. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977.
Netflix, Hulu, Google Play
Generally, when citing a specific episode, follow the format below.
“94 Meetings.” Parks and Recreation, season 2, episode 21, NBC, 29 Apr. 2010. Netflix, www.netflix.com/watch/70152031?trackId=200256157&tctx=0%2C20%2C0974d361-27cd-44de-9c2a-2d9d868b9f64-12120962.
An Entire TV Series
When citing the entire series of a TV show, use the following format.
Daniels, Greg and Michael Schur, creators. Parks and Recreation. Deedle-Dee Productions
and Universal Media Studios, 2015.
All else fails, see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ which is where I got all this information.
Thesis statement must have an arguable opinion based on evidence, which is expected to be expanded on and explained in depth throughout the essay.
Example 1: Prejudice happens in America.
Example 2: Prejudice and intersectionality are caused by race, gender, and religion.
Example 3: Although conversations have started around various types of prejudice, the concept of intersectionality also needs to be brought up because issues between race and gender are different, and worse, than the issues of discrimination against a race or gender individually.
Example 4: The biggest issue in regards to prejudice in America is how the intersectionality of social identities, such as race, gender, and religion, is ignored. These issues are predominantly seen through the legal system, where wrongful arrests and shootings target minorities. However, depending on the variety of minority groups a person belongs to, they will experience different types of prejudice and may even have a higher chance of being discriminated against by America’s legal system.
Full vocab list and definitions can be found here.
Full vocab list and definitions can be found here.