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Paper Grading


You are to select a single topic that is interesting to you and discuss it in the form of a research paper that has a body of 1500-2000 words [NOTE: HIST118 Genocide must complete at 13-15 page paper]. It can be any topic that you like so long as a) it is relevant to the class, and b) it is approved by me. Papers with topics not submitted to me in advance will not receive a grade. NOTE: You are not locked into your topic. If you change your mind, feel free – but you must let me know of your intentions to change.


The paper must be college level work. It must have a title page, an introduction, a body, a conclusion, and a bibliography (or reference list). The body of the paper must be 1500-2000 words [13-15 pages for Genocide] in length (not including the cover and bibliography). It must be double-spaced and justified (re: block paragraphs). The margins must be set at 1”. The font must be Times New Roman and it should be no larger than 12 point. When quoting a source, there should be either footnotes or endnotes. There should be few, if any grammatical or typographical errors. And, there should be no spelling mistakes.

If you are having problems with structuring your paper, I suggest that you pick up a copy of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. It is an excellent source for students in the fine art of drafting papers. The seventh edition (© 2007) is available at for less than $10.


I would like to see a minimum of five sources cited for your paper. These can include
books, journals, and newspaper or m agazine articles. You shall not use personal web sites or Wikipedia as a source, simply because the validity of many web sites, including Wiki, are questionable at best. The exception to this preference would be if the web site
contains the actual text of the source that you have selected. For example, the National
Archives and Records Administration’s web site has the actual text of the Declaration of
Independence posted. In cases such as this, you would cite the Declaration as your
source and the url where it can be found. If you are unsure, send me an email. I am an
expert in the field of knowing what Limanek is looking for.

An excellent place to look for sources is Google Books. It is like having little a virtual library at your finger tips.


Remember: anything, anything, anything that is not your original work must be cited. This is true whether you directly quote or paraphrase for a source. Do not be afraid of citing your sources. It is better to have too many than not enough.

You must use the Turabian method. The basic template for the Turabian Method is as follows: for bibliography = author, Title (italicized or underlined), edition, location, publisher, and year printed; and for footnotes = author (last, first), Title (italicized or underlined), edition, location, publisher, year printed, specific page quoted.

For example, you would cite a textbook in the bibliography as:

Wilson, James Q. and Dilulio, John J., American Government, the Essentials, Ninth Edition, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, © 2004

and in a footnote as:

J. Wilson and J. Dilulio, American Government, the Essentials, 9th ed, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004), p. 22.

For more information, please visit the Turabian Citation Guide.

Paper Grading:
The following is a list of what I consider when I grade your paper. Each point value is
deducted from the starting grade of a 100 possible points. Obviously, the more technical
errors that I find in your work, the more points you lose. NOTE: This list is not exhaustive, and you may receive other penalties depending on what you actually include within your paper.

-1 per missing source
Incorrect font size = -3
Not justified = -3
Incorrect margins = -3
Lacking sufficient citations = -5
No title page = -5
No bibliography = -5
No Introduction = -5
No Conclusion = -5
Weak writing style (not college-level) = -5
Failure to use the Turabian style of citations = -5
10-20 writing mistakes/grammatical errors/spelling errors = -5
No citations = -10
Ineffective writing style (difficult for reading to follow thought process) = -10
Ineffective discussion of topic (25% or more of paper does not relate to topic) = -10
20-40 writing mistakes/grammatical errors/spelling errors = -10
No Bibliography & no citations = -15
40+ writing mistakes/grammatical errors/spelling errors= -15

If assigned paper is based on word count:
0-50 words short = -5
51-100 = -10
101-200 = -20
201-400 = -30
401-600 = -50
601+ = -100%

If assigned paper is based on pages:
1 Page short =-5
2 pages short = -10
3 pages short = -20
4 pages short = -30
5 pages short = -50
6+ pages short = -100%

1-23 hours late, unless pre-approved = -5
24-47 hours late, unless pre-approved = -10
48-71 hours late, unless pre-approved = -20
72+ hours late, unless pre-approved = -100%