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How to do well in all my classes:

I am devoted to encouraging you to do excellent work in a coherent though challenging manner. I do so that you may practice your ability to analyze opposing arguments and decide for yourself, based on evidence the best means of revealing your academic strengths.

• Complete the assigned reading before coming to class and ask questions in class based on our readings.

• Turn in drafts of essays before the due date, and I can return it to you suggested improvements.

Papers | content | quotations | images and graphics | citations | web pages | links | Plagiarism

All papers must be based on books and discussions closely related to this course and assigned reading from the syllabus.

Web pages should be based on those papers.

Writing papers is a principle means in this class of judging your acquisition

of new knowledge and applying newly acquired information to old ideas.

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Insert some text to support your interpretations of the authors.

    Try not to use really long quotes, but when you do be sure to indent them

    Always tell the reader where the quote came from:

    "Life is but a walking shadow."

William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


    Citations: these are explicit footnotes, or end notes that identify to any and all readers where you got your ideas from. A citation answers the question: "So how do you know that?"

    Plagiarism-- Just Don't do it.

    You must never take another writer's words and use them as if they were your own. If you do that you are guilty of the crime of plagiarism. A person guilty of the crime is a plagiarist and is untrustworthy. Doing so will earn you an F in my or other classes.


    A citation:

    "geographical regeneration" was an idea of George Perkins Marsh. *


    * Joseph V. Siry, Marshes of the Ocean Shore, p. 98. See also:

    G. P. Marsh, Man and Nature, 1864.

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    Guide to the photographical images on this site

    Index to themes on this web site


Content is judged by criteria and by the way you say things based on evidence for your arguments.

You must always refer to the sources of your information in your bibliography at the end of the paper.

Always remember that people have a lot on their minds, so be sure to say why, what you have to say is important!

Format is as important as what you say in the content, be sure to explain how your ideas fit together.

      • Introduction
      • Body of ideas
      • Conclusion

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Web pages are really a way to present the essential information in an essay, in some graphically imaginative manner to best get across the key ideas you have discovered.

Links come in three kinds!

    to the web: is National Public Radio's URL.

    to another web page of yours: What about learning? a separate page

    to another place on the same page: Takes you to a spot on a long page called an anchor!

Tips for success in web page building for this class:


Keep it simple!

If its easier to follow then its better!

Speed in loading is great!

Short filenames [8 letters of less!] can be explained in a site-map.

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