GUIDELINES FOR EASC WRITTEN REPORTS

* ALL WRITTEN REPORTS MUST BE DOUBLE-SPACED

* NO HAND-WRITTEN REPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

* ALL REPORTS MUST CONTAIN A TITLE, YOUR NAME, YOUR CLASS, AND  YOUR SECTION NUMBER

* ALL REPORTS MUST BE TURNED IN EITHER BEFORE THEY ARE DUE OR ON THE DUE DATE PER YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S DIRECTION.  ANY REPORT TURNED IN AFTER THE DUE DATE [10 MINUTES AFTER YOUR CLASS STARTS] WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE AND WILL RECEIVE 0 POINTS

* THE LENGTH OF ALL REPORTS WILL BE INDICATED BY YOUR INSTRUCTOR.  A TWO-PAGE REPORT WILL GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND PAGE; A THREE PAGE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE THIRD PAGE, ETC.  THE REFERENCE PAGE DOES NOT COUNT AS A PAGE

* THE FONT SIZE YOU WILL USE IS 12AND THE FONT STYLE IS TIMES ROMAN

* YOUR TEXTBOOK MAY NOT BE USED AS A REFERENCE FOR ANY REPORT NOR MAY YOU USE WIKIPEDIA OR A DICTIONARY DEFINITION AS A REFERENCE.

* ALL REFERENCES MUST BE CITED AND YOU MUST HAVE A REFERENCE PAGE

* YOUR INSTRUCTOR WILL INFORM YOU OF THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF REFERENCES YOU WILL NEED.

* IN CITING YOU MAY EITHER USE FOOTNOTES,  REFERENCED AT THE END OF THE REPORT OR REFERENCE THE TEXT BY AUTHOR DATE (i.e. JONES, 1997) AND THEN LIST REFERENCES AT THE END OF YOUR DOCUMENT

* YOUR REPORTS MUST CONTAIN YOUR OWN IDEAS AND NOT MERELY A REHASHING OF ANOTHER AUTHOR'S OPINION.  ANY OPINION OR FACTS THAT ARE NOT YOUR OWN MUST BE QUOTED AND CITED.

* ALL INTERNET REFERENCES MUST BE CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED SO THAT THE INSTRUCTOR CAN CHECK YOUR LINKS.  YOU MUST ATTACH A COPY OF THE ARTICLE OBTAINED FROM THE INTERNET TO GUARANTEE THIS ACCURACY

* WHEN YOU ATTACH THE ARTICLES OBTAINED FROM THE INTERNET, YOU MUST ALSO HIGHLIGHT WITHIN THE ARTICLE THE PARTS YOU HAVE USED WITHIN YOUR REPORT.  FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN POINT DEDUCTIONS

*FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE MINIMUM STANDARDS WILL RESULT IN POINTS BEING DEDUCTED IN ADDITION TO CONTENT OF MATERIAL POINTS

* EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AND CAN BE VIEWED IN MY OFFICE, ICB 2408, DURING MY OFFICE HOURS

POINT DEDUCTIONS

NO TITLE 5 POINTS
WRONG FONT SIZE 3 POINTS
DO NOT ATTACH ARTICLES 10 POINTS
NOT ENOUGH REFERENCES 3 POINTS PER REFERENCE
LESS THAN FULL PAGE 5 POINTS PER HALF PAGE
DO NOT CITE REFERENCES 3 POINTS
ARTICLES NOT HIGHLIGHTED 5 POINTS
MAJOR TYPOS 5 POINTS
MINOR TYPOS 3 POINTS
NO TYPOS  0 POINTS
NOT ENOUGH PARAGRAPH BREAKS 3 POINTS
MAJOR CONTENT FLAWS 10 -20 POINTS
MINOR CONTENT FLAWS 5 - 10 POINTS
PLAGIARIZED WORK  *** F FOR CLASS & POSSIBLE SUSPENSION
USE OF ON-LINE ESSAYS SAME AS PLAGIARIZED WORK
NO REFERENCE PAGE 10 POINTS
NONE OR VERY LITTLE OF OWN THOUGHTS AND IDEAS 10 - 20 POINTS

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presenting of othersí ideas as if they were your own. When you write a paper, create a project, do a presentation or create anything original, it is assumed that all the work, except for that which is attributed to another author or creator, is your own. Plagiarism is considered a serious academic offense and may take the following forms:

        Copying word-for-word from another source and not giving that source credit.

        Paraphrasing the work of another and not giving that source credit.

        Adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own.

        Using an image or a copy of an image without crediting its source.

        Paraphrasing someone elseís line of thinking in the development of a topic as if it were your own.

        Receiving excessive help from a friend or elsewhere, or using another project as if it were your own.

 

[Adapted from the Modern Language Associationís MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: MLA, 1995: 26]

 

Note that word-for-word copying is not the only form of plagiarism. The penalties for plagiarism may be severe, ranging from failure on the particular piece of work, failure in the course or expulsion from school in extreme cases.

Many plagiarism problems can be remedied by citing the sources of the original work. 

When in doubt, cite the source according to the style your instructor directs. Usually this is APA or MLA Style.

                        Donít be daunted by citing sources which are not books.  You can cite everything Ė including pamphlets, maps, cereal boxes, telephone conversations, movies, television shows, Internet and world-wide web sites.

Most cases of plagiarism arise from carelessness or haste.  Violators often attempt to excuse themselves by saying that they were not told of the nature of plagiarism.  You have been told.  You must not include either the phrases or ideas of another writer in your papers without acknowledgment.  Otherwise, you are stealing.  Plagiarism is dishonest.  It is cheating and is subject to severe penalties.  It may endanger your whole career.  Donít do it.

 

 

 

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