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  • All essays/projects/research papers should be submitted in a typewritten format (in black ink), which is expected to be free from typographical errors.

  • Only white 8½ x 11-inch (letter size) paper of good quality should be used (75g weight is good). Be sure to number each page of the essays/projects/research papers and to assemble the pages in the right order. Put page numbers in the upper right hand corner. The student must type his/her last name or student identification (depending on the lecturer’s request) before each number.

  • Margins should be one inch all around, with double-line spacing throughout, (lengthy quotations, footnotes or endnotes and list of works cited maybe typed single-lined spacing).

  • All essays/projects/research papers should be printed single- sided. The text font should be Times Roman with a font size of 12 points.

Documentation Documentation acknowledges the sources of the ideas and information in a student’s essays/projects/research papers. The authority for both facts and opinions not your own must be acknowledged so that your readers can have an accurate account of materials on which you have based your conclusions. You must say where you took your idea from, and you must do so in a conventional style that allows the reader to trace its source and, if necessary, to investigate its accuracy or applicability.

What to Document Any words or passages quoted directly from sources (including sources found on the internet) must be documented. In addition, paraphrased or restated ideas from a source must have a note as to the source of the idea. Allusions to sources within the text must also be documented. That is, if you refer to an entire text by title as an example of some element being discussed, the text needs to be documented.

Plagiarism Failure to acknowledge your sources or imprecise documentation can result in invalid research or in plagiarism. Ideas are considered to belong to the person who first documents them; therefore, if you incorporate ideas or phrasing from an author in your work, whether quoted directly or used indirectly, you should be honest about your sources and indicate them fully. If you fail to do this, you are guilty of plagiarism. The University’s Examination Regulation 97 states:

‘Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is the unauthorized and/or unacknowledged use of another person’s intellectual efforts and creations howsoever recorded, including whether formally published or in manuscript or in typescript or other printed or electronically presented form, and includes taking passages, ideas or structures from another work or author without proper and unequivocal attribution of such source(s), using the conventions for attributions or citing used in this University.’

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities and Education that essays/projects/research papers which show evidence of plagiarism will receive NO MARKS. In addition, University Examination Regulation 103 (i) states:

‘If a candidate is found guilty of cheating or attempting to cheat, the Committee [on Examinations] shall disqualify the candidate from the examination in the course concerned, and may also disqualify him/her from all examinations taken in that examination session; and may also disqualify him/her from all further examinations of the University, for any period of time, and may impose a fine…’

Students may access a copy of the Student’s Guidelines for the Preparation and Documentation of Essays from the Faculty website – http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fhe/hum/students/ resources.htm


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