Some Guidance on Managing the Final Project Paper

Gloria Hamilton 13/01/11 10:50 PM

Today I have made up my mind to provide some points which are important when you have completed your term papers or research papers. It is the responsibility of each and every student to follow the instructions of the university or college when designing any project paper. Term papers are important part of our academic learning’s and we can not get rid of that. So it is good to read more about such topics and try to gain knowledge as much as you can.
Here are my points to help out students:

As you develop your project remember to back up your work for safety sake.

* When in doubt, cite and reference.
* Whenever you use numbers, tell where they came from.
* In any place where the question can be asked “Who says?” make sure you tell who says.
* Put the references on a separate page at the end of the paper but before the Appendices.
* Double space….. no extra space between paragraphs….. Indent the first line of each paragraph 5 spaces.
To double space in Word, go to “Format” and “Paragraph” and “Line Spacing” and set it for “Double”.
* Paragraphs must have 2 or more sentences but should not be of excessive length, think of your reader.
* 12 point font….. black….. Times New Roman or Arial
* Don’t start a sentence with a numeral. For example: 80% of those surveyed were…… This is not correct. It should be – Eighty percent of those surveyed were…..
* Do not write in the first person.
* Do not use contractions (ie. Don’t should be “do not”, it’s should be “it is”, etc.)
The title page, table of contents, appendices, or references you choose to include with your project paper DO NOT COUNT toward the page limits mentioned in the project brief.

“Plagiarism (from a Latin word for “kidnapper”) is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own. Whether deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious and often punishable offense.

Deliberate plagiarism:
1. Copying a phrase, a sentence, or a longer passage from a source and passing it off as your own by omitting quotation marks and a source citation.
2. Summarizing or paraphrasing someone else’s ideas without acknowledging your debt in a source citation.
3. Handing in as your own work a paper you have bought, had a friend write, or copied from another student.

Accidental plagiarism:
1. Forgetting to place quotation marks around another writer’s words.
2. Omitting a source citation for another’s idea because you are unaware of the need to acknowledge the idea.
3. Carelessly copying a source when you mean to paraphrase”

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