for Writing Papers
make sure that your paper contains the following:
- A title—it doesn’t
have to be witty but please think of something more descriptive than “Paper
- Student information either
on a coversheet or in the top left hand corner of the first page of your
paper—be sure to include the following:
Professor: Jennifer Ho
- Page Numbers—please paginate!
- Works Cited—although
you will use only one reference, it is always best to include a Works Cited
page at the end of your paper.
- No spelling errors—PROOFREAD!
- Correct MLA formatting—this
means that long quotations should be blocked properly, kept as double-spaced;
again, for an example of proper MLA formatting, see the sample papers on
reserve, the Web CT page about Quotations & MLA style, an MLA book,
and your grammar books (which includes proper MLA citation and formatting).
- Judicious use of block quotations.
Learn to paraphrase or shorten your block quotations—these should
be used sparingly and not as filler for your papers. Estimate 1 long
quotation for a 3-4 page paper and no more than 3 for a 7-8 page paper.
HOWEVER, your long block quotations should be thoroughly explicated and
should not exceed 10 lines of your paper.
- Meet the length requirement.
If it is a 3-4 page paper, you need to have text that extends to page 3
at least 7/8 down the length of the page. Papers that end less than
1/2 way on page 3 will be considered incomplete of the length requirement.
- Stapled or firmly held together
with a paper/binder clip.
- 1 inch margins on all 4 sides
with 12 point font used; do not resort to using very large 14 point font to fill your paper.