Common Paper Errors

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Introduction to Philosophy Prof. Christi Hemati Common Paper Errors Note:  If you do not already have it, go to the bookstore as soon as possible and buy  The Elements of Style  by Williams Strunk and E. B. White. Read it, mark it up, and keep it close at hand when you write any  paper in the future – it is the current “bible” of good writing. Content Introduction :   Try to include at least (1) a clear thesis statement ( what  you intend to show),  and (2) the plan of your paper ( how  you will do it). This may sound overly straight-forward and  silly, but it helps the reader know what to expect. Also, make sure that your paper actually follows  the plan of the introduction.  Rewrite/revise the introduction after you have written the paper. Conclusion :      Make sure your conclusion pulls together all of your main points and responds to  have shown in the body of your paper or bring up any new points or arguments. Give priority to depth over breadth - Many students tried to bring up 2-3 different claims in every  paragraph, and as a result, by the end of the paper, plenty of ideas were mentioned, but none of  them were fully developed. Instead, it is better to pick 2-3 main ideas and dedicate a full  paragraph or two to each one. Also, in each paragraph, include  at least  2 concrete examples that  support or illustrate your claim.
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PHI 1321 taught by Professor Hemati during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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