This is a revision of the DraftChecklist. These are things you might fix before submitting a draft.

1. Format and Title Page

  • Name and pagenumber on top right corner of body pages; use the MS word header: "Lastname 123"; Add this by hand if you forgot.

Title page

  • includes original, explanatory title; initial letters are capitals; no underlining! No generic titles like "Computers and Learning".
    • Student's first and last names
    • date
    • course name and time
    • teacher

2. Structure

  • Organization / outlining: you MAY include explanatory subheadings within the essay.
  • BACKGROUND: avoid beginning an essay with 2-4 pages of general background information; proceed directly to an exploration of the research question, providing background in small chunks as needed, throughout the course of your essay. If you did begin with unneeded background, drawn a deletion line through it now!
  • Transistions: major shifts in direction are signalled with transitional sentences or even whole transitional paragraphs. Add transitional phrases or sentences where missing

3. Sources / Works Cited

Plagiarism warning

Remember that direct or indirect use of others ideas, thoughts, and words must be credited in the fashion described above and in your course textbook. Use of unattributed materials constitutes plagiarism, whether it is intentional or accidental. DON'T MAKE THIS ERROR.
For more advice, see Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Check Completeness: A research essay concludes with a Works Cited page (bibliography) in MLA format, listing complete authors, titles, and publication information.
  • Each source used is attributed in the paragraph(s) where it is used; review MLA parenthetical citation guidelines if necessary. __Add phrases identifying the source where necessary, for instance: As Lawrence Lessig argues in his book on intellectual property, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, etc. etc.
  • All quotations clearly "identified" and cited (Author 123) in the text.
  • Quotations of 5 lines or more are DOUBLE INDENTED and not set in quotation marks
  • Indirect use of sources, through paraphrase and summary, is also credited (Author 123) .



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