Clear writing is important for all professionals. Below are general directions for written assiignments, specific directions for individual assignments, links to citation guides, and links on writing tips.
The College-wide standard for written communication is The Everyday Writer, by A.A. Lunsford. This is an excellent resource, and one that will likely be useful for all types of college writing assignments and for citation . Copies are available at Folletts Bookstore, or you can purchase an electronic copies.
Also, remember the Writing Support Center in Moon Library, which is an excellent resource for help, or for sharpening your writing skills.
General directions and guidelines for written assignments
Last but certainly not least: se the spell check and the grammar check, but do not substitute these for proofreading. PLEASE PROOFREAD! Read your work aloud to yourself or to a classmate. Have a friend or roommate profofread to catch things you missed.
- Put your name and the date and the course on your title page.
- Use one-inch margins and 12-point font.
- Use double-line spacing for essays.
- Use page numbers
- Use headings if you feel they help block your ideas into clear groupings.
- Always start a paper with an introduction and close with a summary/conclusion.
- Always state your thesis and purpose at the end of the introduction.
- Avoid using second person in professional writing. The syllabus is largely written in second person (“you” and ‘”your”) because it is designed as a personal letter from the teaching team to the student. However, because class papers are a more formal and professional form of written communication, second person is not appropriate.
- Attribute quotations and information to sources using in-text footnotes or parenthetical citations and following an accepted citation format (i.e., MLA or Chicago Manual of Style, see links below).
- Use proper formatting for a bibliography (or works cited): single space entries and use hanging indentation, and leave one line between entries. see example (in Chicago Style)
Citation and Bibliographies
You are evaluated on your use of proper citation format, so be sure to follow an accepted format (links below) and do not leave out information. The purpose of a citation, theoretically, is that one could find the source, or the quotation in the source, based on the bibliographic information provided in a citation. Leaving out a journal title, or a date, or an url defeats the puropose, in a sense, of a citation. The purpose of the bibliography is to document your entire research effort-- not just the sources you cite in your work. A sample bibliography is here (in Chicago Style)
Footnotes Formatting Guide
Links to Online Citation Guides
Indiana University Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services ~ MLA Style
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~ Chicago Style
A Research Guide for Students, by I. Lee
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Although it is best if you learn how to write citations by practicing, this site may help you if you a a complex citation rto format: citation machince.net
Links to Writing Centers for Writing Tips
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Planning and Writing a Research Paper
Indiana University Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services ~ How to Write aThesis Statement
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Developing a Thesis Statement
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Thesis and Purpose Statements