FORMAL CRITERIA FOR PAPERS


1) A paper has the same sections as a précis:

THE GRADING FOR EACH SECTION IS JUST LIKE THAT FOR A PRÉCIS.

2) A paper is TYPED, double-spaced, in a non-funny font, on white paper, in black print. Don't forget that computers have spell-check, too.

3) A page in a paper has 250 words. Slight over-runs or under-runs are OK, but massive miscalculations will result in deductions.

4) A paper has a title page or a title block, with a title, your name, the date and the course for which it is written.

5) All pages of a paper must be numbered sequentially, either on the bottom, or at the upper-right corner.

6) A paper has a bibliography of works cited (format: University of Chicago Manual of Style, or MLA Handbook -- ask your librarian if these do not sound familiar, and pick the one that best approximates the style in your field/major).

7) A paper will include quotations from the texts you are discussing, with the source and page numbers indicated in footnotes, OR in parenthetical documentation (again, see the style sheet of your choice for clarification).

Note, too, that there are DIFFERENT punctuation conventions and typing questions for quotations included in your running text and those used as offset blocked quotes. Hint: Long quotations are treated differently on the page than short quotations -- your mission is to figure out the difference.

Note, in addition, that paragraphs should usually NOT end with dangling quotations -- a quotation needs to have a closing comment, tying it to the theme of the paper.

EACH OF ITEMS 2-7 CAN BRING YOU A DEDUCTION OF UP TO AN ENTIRE LETTER GRADE. PROFESSIONAL FORMATTING IS A SERIOUS ISSUE.