I've done this before. On the long paper vs. short paper debate, I prefer medium. I can usually put just about everthing I need to in an 8 page paper. If it's 12-20 pages, the professor better prepare for the layers of BS I'm going to be forced to apply on top of my actual paper. I honestly can't imagine writing this much and still having all of the content be meaningful. Just a poor writer I suppose. If it's 4-6 pages, then I'm forced to cut out some of my good stuff and the paper just doesn't flow like an 8 pager. The 8 page paper is the answer to all of society's woes.