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Unformatted text preview: The Student's Practical Guide: Writing Term Papers for Anthropology (and Related Subjects) by Steven M. Parish (as originally written in 1981, with various updates since then...) with occasional comments by Jim Moore (whose own two cents on this topic is summarized here ) CONTENTS: Introduction Style and organization: quick review of essentials Citation format of anthropology papers Plagiarism: the big "P" Bibliographic format: the reference list Library research http://libraries.ucsd.edu/sage/subject?subject=33 Appendix: MELVYL, ROGER & the web Introduction Imagine that it is now six weeks into the semester. You are taking a heavy course load: genetics, organic chemistry, math, and an anthropology class for which you are supposed to write a fifteen page term paper. You have not even started the paper -- somehow you have not managed to find the time for it. Other things always seemed more important or more fun. But you can't put it off any longer. You have to start right now. You have to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible -- and obviously you don't want to suffer any more than is necessary. Also, you don't want to take any chances with your GPA, so you want to write a good paper. But the whole project seems confusing, dreary, and a little overwhelming. It doesn't have to be that bad. That is what this Guide is all about -- making the writing of anthropology term papers easier. There are ways to save time and effort. There are procedures and strategies that enable you to negotiate the necessary -but often tedious- process of finding the material you need in the library quickly and effectively. After finding the material you need, it is important to know the best way of organizing it in your paper. Learning these techniques and skills frees you to concentrate on the quality of the paper--or maybe on the beach. This Guide is no substitute for your own effort and commitment. (Obviously we are not about to recommend that you wait six weeks to begin your paper.) Certainly there is no way to guarantee success or scholarly ecstasy; writing a term paper may never be as much fun as mountain climbing, or reading Russian novels, or whatever your idea of fun is. And there is no final or definitive answer to the question of what a professor wants in a paper. But this Guide will inform you of some of the basic features of an anthropology paper which you can be sure your professor will want you to know. And it shows you how to make your paper a more polished and expert product. What is an anthropology term paper? It is a library research paper, written from an anthropological perspective, on a topic approved by your instructor. The anthropology paper has a distinctive citation format, also used by several other social sciences, and requires that you use the anthropological "literature" in Geisel Library....
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at SUNY Albany.
- Spring '11