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Paper Formatting and Uploading Guidelines

The guidelines on this page are based on the guidelines included in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. You can find more information on formatting at the Diana Hacker Handbook site here

What format should I use for the paper?

leaf smallMargins and Spacing.The papers you write for this course should be typed and double-spaced with 11-12 point fonts and 1" margins. 

leaf smallHeader Information. You don't need to use a title page. Please put the following information at the top left-hand side of the page:

Your Name
Dr. Donna Campbell
Course Number (ENGL 210, ENGL 368), [list the assignment here, too: Paper 1, Research Paper, or whatever]
Date

 Title of Paper

Remember, your own title will not be italicized or have quotation marks around it unless you're using the title of the work you're discussing as part of your own title.

leaf smallPage numbering. Please make sure to number your pages. In most word-processing programs, you can do this by clicking on Insert and then Page Numbers or some variation of that process.

How do I cite sources?

To cite your sources, use the MLA in-text citation method.

Do I need a Works Cited page if I'm just using the stories from the book?

Yes, you do. All papers must have a Works Cited page, even if you're using your textbook as the source for the works you'll be discussing.

I'm submitting my paper electronically. Is it okay if I attach my Works Cited page as a separate file? It's easier for me to do that.

No, please don't. All that means is that I have to open both files and add the Works Cited page to your document instead of having you do it yourself. I'll combine the files for you on the first paper, but for the second and subsequent papers, your paper will lose 1 point.

Where do I submit the paper, and in what file format?

You'll submit your paper to Angel, http://lms.wsu.edu, in the Dropbox for that assignment.

leaf smallDocument Format. If you are uploading your paper to Angel, you need to save the paper using Word format (.doc or .docx,) rich text format (.rtf),or .pdf format. The first two are commonly available under the "Save As" function of all word-processing programs. Papers using any other format cannot be read and will not receive credit.

leaf smallFilename Conventions. All submitted assignment files should follow the naming format as follows: last name, first initial, course number, assignment name. For example, if Joan Smith in English 368 submitted her first paper, it would be saved as SmithJ_368_Paper1.doc.

PLEASE don't upload your paper under the filename "Paper 1" or some variation of that. If you think about what it would be like to receive and save 40 files all called "Paper 1," you'll see the logic of the filename conventions for the class. Your paper will lose1 point if you don't follow the filename conventions.

leaf smallUploading to Angel. If you are uploading your paper to Angel, here are the steps to follow:

1. Go to http://lms.wsu.edu and log in.

2. Click on Lessons and then Assignments Dropbox.

3. Click on the appropriate dropbox and click on Attachments.

4. When the pop-up box appears, click on Browse to find the file on your computer. Select the file and click on Open. Once you see the file listed in the pop-up box, click Upload.

5. You will see the file upload; it will appear in the pop-up box under Uploaded Files when it's ready. Click Finished when you are done.

6. The pop-up box will disappear. Click on Submit in the dropbox. You should see your paper listed as a link.

7. Be sure to check your email within the next 24 hours in case your paper did not upload properly.

Where and when will you return the papers?

As mentioned on the syllabus, if you submit your papers in Angel, I will be returning them through Angel. You can find them in the same Assignments Dropbox in which you uploaded the original.

If you submit your papers in hard copy form (paper), I'll turn the papers back to you at the end of class once all the papers are graded.

It takes a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks to grade a set of papers, so you can expect to have them back in that time frame (not earlier).

Where can we read the comments on the paper?

If you turn in a paper copy, I'll write the comments by hand. If you turn in an electronic version, I will type the comments in the document and return it to you as a .pdf file in Angel. I add an "r" to the filename so that you know it's the returned version of the paper: SmithJ_368_Paper1r.pdf.

If you took your extension on the paper, you'll notice an EXT at the end: SmithJ_368_Paper1EXTr.pdf. This indicates that the paper isn't late but should be graded as on time because of the extension.

Note: Both kinds of submissions are graded in exactly the same way; it doesn't make any difference whether the paper is turned in electronically or handed in in hard copy.

You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read .pdf files, and this program is probably already installed on your computer.  If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program, visit the "Angel Help Resources: Getting Started for Students" page to download it.

If I forgot to add a Works Cited page, didn't cite sources using MLA format, or otherwise didn't follow the directions listed here, will you take off for it?

Not on the first paper, but after that, yes, a failure to follow the directions will be counted in your grade, as stated above. After the first paper, a failure to follow the guidelines will result in penalties (- 1 for unreadable files that must be resubmitted; -1 for not following the naming conventions, -1 for absence of Works Cited page, and so on.)