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Pre-Submission Checklist
Author: ADMIN (ukstudent at gmail dot com)
Published: Thu, 17-Nov-2005
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Pre-Submission Checklist. Article by Zachary M. Schrag

You would not (I hope) enter a job interview without checking a mirror to make sure your hair was straight and your teeth clean. Treat your instructor with the same respect by checking over your papers before submitting them.


• I have ended my introduction (in a short essay, my first paragraph) with a bold thesis statement.
• The topic sentence of every body paragraph supports my thesis statement.
• I have provided evidence for every topic sentence in the form of facts and quotations from readings, lectures, and independent research.
• The concluding paragraph explains why my thesis is important.


• I have put my name and the date at the top of the paper.
• I have double-spaced the body of my paper.
• When I have used another author’s words, I have enclosed her words in quotation marks and have provided a citation, including a page number. I have given the source for any images as well.
• If my paper is longer than three pages, I have numbered the pages.


• I have only used scare-quotes when absolutely necessary.
• I have used the passive voice and “there was/there were” constructions only when necessary.
• I have written about the past in the past tense.
• I have used the term lifestyle only to describe post-1961 consumer culture.


I have learned the rules for apostrophes and quotation marks by reading those sections of Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style. I have kept commas and periods within quotation marks.


• I have spell-checked my paper.
• I have correctly used the following words: its/it’s, lead/led, loose/lose, who’s/whose, amount/number.
• I have correctly spelled my professor's name and the names of people mentioned in my paper.
• I have read my paper aloud and corrected any sentences that were difficult to speak.

© Copyright for this article belongs to Zachary M. Schrag

This document was re-printed with the kind permission of Zachary M. Schrag. Original Source of the article is located here: http://www.schrag.info/teaching/checklist.html

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