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By Megan Monaghan Hello and welcome to Philosophy 103: Introduction to Philosophy! Throughout the course of the semester you will be required to complete several short writing assignments on a variety of philosophical topics that will relate directly to the material that is presented in class. In order to help you with these assignments, we have put together a short guide of what we will be expecting from these papers and what students should do or avoid doing when writing for the class! Section I: The Basics These are some basic rules that should apply to almost any college-level writing assignment. Please read through this section carefully and feel free to use it as a checklist for every paper that you write for the course. 1. The assignment is due when it is due. We will inform you of each paper’s due date when we hand out the assignments. It is due at the start of class on the date given, and if you don’t hand it in then we will not accept it. While saying “my printer broke” is a far more likely excuse than the age-old “my dog ate it,” it will still not make you an exception to this rule. Don’t wait until the last minute to print out your paper: plan time to do this as a part of the assignment itself. That way, if your printer does break or you suffer from some other technological malady, you have the time to search for an alternative, such as using a neighbor’s printer or taking a visit to the library. Furthermore, if for some reason you find yourself unable to complete an assignment due to some extenuating circumstance, please inform your T.A. before the due date. While this does not guarantee that an exception will be made for you, it will certainly be more beneficial than waiting until you see your T.A. in class without a paper. 2. All papers must be typed and printed. No hand-written assignments will be accepted: all papers must be typed in a proper word-processor. Also, papers are due in hard copy. Emailing an assignment to your T.A. will not count as turning it in. 3. Staple your paper . Easy enough: if your assignment is longer than one page, staple it. Don’t just fold the corner over . If you don’t have a stapler, they do sell them at the bookstore (as a stapler is a convenient thing to own), or you can use the one in the computer lab in the Library. 4. Proofread. This is essential to writing any paper. While most word-processors catch spelling mistakes or egregious grammatical errors, simply running the spell-check and grammar-check is not enough. Read through your essay before you print it out and fix any errors that you may find. To help avoid fragment sentences or awkward phrasing, try reading your paper out loud. If you find yourself stumbling at any point in a sentence, it may need some reworking. 5. Citations.
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course WRT 104 Sectio taught by Professor Meidland during the Fall '08 term at Rhode Island.

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