Taken from Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway’s course “Astronomy and the Humanities.”
You are to argue for the thesis you have chosen. To do so, you must demonstrate knowledge of the subject and synthesize information from several references. At least one-third of the paper should concern how astronomy is related to your chosen topic.
Among the skills you should demonstrate with this paper are: clarity, persuasive arguments, and analytical skills.
This is a formal report. You should not use first person constructions, except in your conclusion where you may offer your own opinion based upon your research. Passive voice is allowed, if you wish, but be aware that passive statements are sometimes not as strong in making an argument.
Your audience is a group that is generally knowledgeable about science and humanities, in other words, your classmates.
Conferences may be scheduled with your instructor to brainstorm on topics and/or go over rough-drafts. Please make your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. No conferences are available on Nov 4-6 (due to instructor travel).
All references should be scholarly, as per the instructions given at the Library Workshop. NOT wikipedia.
Either footnotes or endnotes may be used. You may use any style of indicating your reference that indicates the exact source used. Exact quotes must appear in quotation marks and be referenced. Paraphrased sentences should also be referenced. If you are using Internet references, they must be scholarly references. The Undergraduate Writing Center can help you learn how to best list these references.
Your writing will be expected to demonstrate the following proficiencies:
If you have problems with these areas, please consult a writing handbook, such as:
Hairston, Ruszkiewicz, and Friend. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers (6th ed.). Longman.
Ruszkiewicz, Hairston, and Seward. The SF Writer (2nd ed.). Longman. –
Fulwiler. The Blair Handbook. Prentice-Hall.
Strunk and White. The Elements of Style. Allyn and Bacon.
Aaron. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. Longman.
DiYanni and Hoy. The Scribner Essentials for Writers. Allyn and Bacon.
Lunsford and Conners, The Easy Writer. Bedford/St. Martin’s
I will be particularly looking for:
An “A” paper has the following characteristics: