FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WRITING ESSAYS

WHAT SHOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
Your research essays should be about 1250 words (5 pages) excluding notes, figures, and bibliography.
It should be double spaced, in a 12 point font like Times Roman. You must use Chicago style for notes and bibliography (see last item below).
You should prepare the essay in standard format with one-inch margins and numbered pages.
Do not use a separate page for ID and title. Put your name, ID number, and the name and number of the course, before the title at the top, left, of the first page.

SUBMISSION FORMAT
Submit a printed copy of your paper in class on the day specified for the deadline. Keep a paper copy and backup the file on your computer.

HOW WILL THE ESSAY BE GRADED?
To see a copy of the grading scheme click HERE.

HELP! I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!
View the videos on Writing History Papers. Also get help -- online or in person -- from the OU Writing Center (http://www.ou.edu/writingcenter/) or call (405) 325-2936), which offers free,
confidential writing assistance for students, staff, and faculty. The Center is located in Wagner Hall, at 1005 Asp Avenue, near OMU.

I'VE DONE THIS BEFORE BUT I'D LIKE A REFRESHER:
Consider asking for help help from the Writing Center (information above). They can help all levels of writer. For basic information on writing essays see:

http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/essay/index.htm

A more detailed presentation is:

http://members.tripod.com/~lklivingston/essay/index.html

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HOW MANY SOURCES DO I NEED
How long is a piece of string? It depends on the size of the package you want to wrap...
Note that the Scoring Guide shows that in order to receive maximum points for sources, you need at least 3 sources worth 5 points each, plus 5 sources worth 1 point each.
These should be books or articles that you have found in addition to course materials like assigned texts and readings.

MAY I USE WEB PAGES AS SOURCES?
YES - but you will recive 1 point at most, and many web sources dwill get no score at all, for reasons that will be explained in class.
You may, however, use the web to access articles and books that have already been peer reviewed and published in print format.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE CORRECT FORMAT FOR NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY.
You must use Chicago style for this notes and bibiliography essay, however you may use either the Author-Date system or the Notes System.
Click [HERE] for a PDF file explaining Chicago style.

SHOULD I KEEP A COPY OF WHAT I TURN IN?
Yes! Always!