Guidelines for writing papers

B. Evans

1. Make sure that you have read the works you are expected to analyze.

2. Start working on your paper prior to the night before it is due.

3. Think before you write. Decide on the basic argument you plan to present. Before you begin writing, think through your argument to its logical conclusion.

4. Make an outline before attempting to write your paper. Decide at this stage which brief quotations might best support your argument. Remember that your paper must have an introduction, a body and a conclusion.

5. When you have finished your paper, read it critically to see if it actually makes sense. If not, make adjustments.

6. Your paper should be printed on standard white paper. Use a standard font and standard margins. Italics, underlining, and boldface should be used sparingly (i.e., primarily to indicate the title of a work or to impart special emphasis). Your final copy should include a title page that shows your paper's title, your name, the date and course identification information. (NOTE: "My Humanities Paper" is not an acceptable title.) The pages containing the text of your paper must be numbered. Do not number the title page or page 1. Begin numbering on page 2. The title page is not p. 1.

7. Be sure to use punctuation and to identify all quotations. If you are unsure of the appropriate format, consult one of the style manuals that apply to the humanities and social sciences.

8. Proofread your paper and correct any errors neatly. A sloppy paper gives a negative impression before the reader even begins to consider your ideas.