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you have inserted footnotes with references in the main body of the essay). Use of diagrams or graphs is encouraged. You should find your information from one or two main sources, with several secondary sources. References to all sources (including websites) should be cited in the text where relevant, and included in the reference list. The exact format that you use for your references is not critical, as long as it includes the authors, title, publisher or journal, volume if applicable, pages, and year. Use at most one or two reputable internet sources. The internet may be useful, but simply copying the material off a website (or from anywhere else) will not constitute a valid essay. Any material directly copied from a source must be placed in quotes and referenced accordingly. The direct use of material from any source without such acknowledgement constitutes plagiarism. The University of Toronto regards plagiarism as a serious academic offence. The University’s guidelines are attached - be sure to read and follow them. Plagiarism is easily spotted - avoid it! In marking the essay the tutors will consider four main aspects: (1) Quality of Research (6 marks) - Depth and intellectual rigour of the essay. (2) Originality and Conciseness (6 marks) - Incorporation of your own ideas, concise presentation, evidence of understanding of the topic, conviction of the arguments, appropriate use of quotes, quality of paraphrasing and discussion, logical flow. (3) English (4 marks) - Clarity, spelling, grammar, quality and flow of writing. We expect the grammar to be correct and the spelling standard. (4) Structure (4 marks) - Clear statement of theme, well-defined introduction, main body and conclusions. You may find some helpful information on writing at the University of Toronto’s Advice on Academic Writing website at .
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HOW NOT TO PLAGIARIZE From the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters : It shall be an offence for a student knowingly: (d) to represent as one's own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work, i.e. to commit plagiarism. Wherever in the Code an offence is described as depending on “knowing”, the offence shall likewise be deemed to have been committed if the person ought reasonably to have known. You've already heard the warnings about plagiarism. Obviously it's against the rules to buy essays or copy from your friends’ homework, and it's also plagiarism to borrow passages from books or articles or websites without identifying them. You know that the purpose of any paper is to show your own thinking, not create a patchwork of borrowed ideas. But you may still be wondering how you're supposed to give proper references to all the reading you've done and all the ideas you've encountered.
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