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Requirements for All Papers HIS 246

Basic requirements

All papers submitted to me must:

Sources and citations

Citations are crucial.    All direct quotations, indirect quotations, and ideas from other sources MUST BE footnoted according to a standard citation style, and referring to a bibliography at the end of the paper. This is extremely important and failure to do this will seriously affect your grade. (See the booklet for more on citations and bibliographies.)

Note that providing citations only for direct quotes is NOT sufficient. This is a common mistake and will result in your paper being marked down. You must cite all information, paraphrases and ideas from your sources, whether it’s inside quote marks or not. EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT YOUR OWN DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS MUST BE CITED.

Quality of evidence.     The arguments you are making in your paper MUST BE supported by evidence from primary and/or secondary sources—ideally a balanced mix of primary and secondary sources. (The number of required sources depends on the assignment.) YOU MAY NOT USE TERTIARY SOURCES FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT YOU HAND IN TO ME. Tertiary sources include textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, my lectures, and almost everything on the internet. If you’re not sure about a source, ask me.

See me for guidance.     I am available anytime, by email or in office hours, to discuss your sources, citations, or any other aspect of your paper. There are also resources about structuring, researching, writing, and footnoting position papers on the Student Resources page of my website, http://markbwilson.com/?tab=3.

Submitting your paper

Handing it in    The paper may be (a) handed in in class, or (b) submitted by email in a DOCX, DOC, PDF, ODT, or RTF format to mark.wilson@lehman.cuny.edu. Note: Your email submission only “counts” if you receive a reply back from me saying I got it.

Optional draft    For any paper you can submit an optional draft no later than two class meetings before the due date. I won’t grade it, but I’ll give you some feedback about how well you’re addressing the topic and thesis of your paper.

Grading criteria

See the grading form I use as a guide to what I look for, and what will be deducted for.