To receive as many of the points available for each paper, you should follow these guidelines. These are the criteria by which I will grade your papers.
All papers must be written on a word processor, proofread, and spellchecked. Pages should be double-spaced with one-inch margins, numbered in the upper right-hand corner, and stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Your name, the course number, my name, and the date should appear at the top left of the first page, and the title should be centered on the next line. Do not include a separate title page.
If you make a general statement, you should always back it up with supporting details. When you quote from or refer to a text, please indicate the author you are citing and provide a parenthetical page reference for your citation. You do not need to include a bibliography unless you are citing a source other than the texts used in this course. Please do not drop quotations into your papers without providing context for them through the use of signal phrases. Here is an example of a quotation introduced by a signal phrase and cited with a parenthetical page reference (notice that the period falls outside the parentheses):
According to Roderick Nash in Wilderness and the American Mind, "the first immigrants approached North America with a cluster of preconceived ideas about wilderness" (8).
If you cite outside sources, please list these in a bibliography, using the citation style with which you are most familiar (MLA, APA, or Chicago). Please do not mix styles or create your own citation method.
Last Modified: 25 August 2004