Paper Guidelines

Paper requirements:
  • A title page with the paper title, due date, and your name and workshop section.
  • 4 -5 typed pages using the font Times or Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Any figures must be included on separate sheets of paper and do not count in the page limit.
  • A separate bibliography page with at least three references. There is a maximum of one web page.
Writing a paper:
  1. Choosing a topic
    Pick a topic you are interested in. Brainstorm about possible topics, then narrow down your choices to a specific area. Make sure there is enough reference material for your topic. Your topic must be approved by your TA. (suggestions)
  2. Research
    You are required to have at least three sources. At least two must come from books, periodicals, scientific journals, etc. You may only have one internet source. The internet source must be from a reliable web page. If there are any questions as to whether a page is acceptable ask your TA.
  3. Writing the paper
    A good paper contains a clearly separated introduction, body, and conclusion.

      Introduction Introduce your topic. Create a thesis statement - a sentence that completely sums up the topic of the paper. Briefly explain how the rest of the paper will support your topic.

      Body The body is the part of the paper where you expand on your topic. It is the main section of the paper in which you present arguments that support your thesis statement. You should have three or four main points which support your thesis statement, and each point should be a detailed, separate paragraph.

      Conclusion The conclusion reiterates the topic of the paper and briefly sums up the body of the paper. The conclusion is where you state the outcomes of your research.

    Write an outline of your ideas and research findings. This will help you organize your thoughts and make it easier to separate paragraphs.

    Write a rough draft. Edit and rewrite this rough draft many times until you are satisfied with it. This is will be reviewed by your TA, yourself, and your peers in class.

    After you receive your reviewed rough draft, use the feedback to write a final paper.

  4. Citing your references
    Always cite direct quotations and ideas that were not originally yours. Otherwise you are plagiarizing (copying someone else's material) and this is considered cheating. The citations should be made directly after the quoted or borrowed material and will refer to a work listed in your bibliography The final page of your paper should contain a bibliography, where you provide the full citation for all the references you used when researching your topic and writing your paper. See the bibliography in the workbook and the citations in your worksheets for examples.

For paper 1, your grade will be based on your rough draft and your final paper.

For paper 2, your grade will be based on your rough draft, your peer and self review, and your final paper.