Papers and take home exams that you submit for my class, should conform to
the following conventions:
- You are learning to be a professional, so please type your
paper. You will never submit a manual report to your employer in the
future. Instead, you will always submit formal reports and formal reports
- Students should always double space papers since this is easier for
my failing eyes to read. Students should also use a reasonable size font
and one inch margins. When you use large size font, large margins, and
triple spacing to insure you meet page requirements, it is obvious that you (a)
you did not do the proper amount of research, (b) you place a low priority on my
class, and (c) you think I am an idiot who will not notice these changes.
While the above three points may be accurate, this manipulating fonts and
margins to meet page requirements does not place me in a good mood when reading
your papers. It is in your self-interest to insure as much as you can
possibly do that I am in a good mood when grading your paper. Following
these basic requirements is a good step to accomplishing this.
- Papers must have a title page though the title page does not count
as part of the page total (sorry). The title page should include (in no
particular order) the name of student, title of paper, date of submission, class
title, and instructor's name.
- Papers must be stapled. Stapling papers in the correct order insure
that pages are not lost and that I do not have to determine what page follows
which page. Of course, papers in folder or other binding material is
- All quotations must use an approved citation style (APSA, MLA,
Turabian, or other standard style). For students in PSC 211, most any style will be accepted as long as you are consistent.
For political science students in upper division classes, you need to learn APSA.
If you have a question about citations, please ask.
- Except for page 1, all pages are numbered.
- Use the Spell Checker. Misspellings are unacceptable when the computer
will easily make corrections for you. Any paper that is not spell checked (and it is easy to tell), I will stop reading and automatically give it an
- Use Grammar Check. Once again, the computer will solve most of
your problems for you.
- I take plagiarism very seriously. Anyone caught plagiarizing a
paper will automatically fail the course and be referred to the appropriate
University authorities for further review and punishment.