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CF 3333 Clash of Cultures
Essay Assignment -- Format Guide
Expectations of Quality
All papers should be written in formal standard written English, grammatically correct and thoroughly proofread. Please make use of both dictionaries and the spell checker on your computer. It is assumed that you will avoid all of those mistakes you were taught to avoid in Rhetoric.
Note also that the use of the personal pronoun should be kept to a minimum in academic discourse.
Rules for Paper Format
All out-of-class papers must be typed double-spaced one side of the paper only. The type size should be no smaller than “12.”
The normal margins are an inch to an inch and a quarter on the right and left margins, a little more than an inch for the top and bottom margins.
Every paper must include a title page. That page should include the title of your essay, your name, the name of your instructor, and the date. At the bottom of the title page type the honor code: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid on this work.” Sign your name below the honor code.
Your name should not appear anywhere else in the paper.
After the title page and the first text page subsequent pages should be numbered.
Your essay should present and defend a thesis which is stated in your first paragraph. This thesis paragraph should suggest the whole thrust of your essay. It is the essay in miniature, promising what the ensuing essay will deliver.
Rules for Citations
Brief direct quotations should be incorporated in your text by the use of quotation marks and cited using this format:
Paraphrases should also be cited:
Long quotations should be avoided. If a quotation is as long as four lines, it should be single-spaced and indented from the normal margins. In this case, quotation marks are not used. The citation form should follow the long quotation.
If a cited passage begins on one page and runs on to the next page you should use the following form of citation:
The “f” indicates “and following.”
You may cite any sources assigned on the topic sheet. To cite other sources you need approval from your instructor.
Plagiarism is defined as representing the work of another as your own. It is not allowed. You will fail the course and be reported to the Honor Court if you plagiarize. You may talk about the assignment to classmates. You may not copy their work or the work of anyone else without citation. You may not have another write your essay for you.