These expectations are specific to Professor White's undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
The papers you write for this class should be:
- emailed to me as a Word document (not PDF)
- in Times New Roman 12-point font
- titled (with a real title, not "ENG385HF Paper"!)
- proofread carefully
Papers are due on the designated date before the beginning of class. Excuses (other than emergencies) on the day a paper is due are not acceptable; I am flexible, however, so if you have a legitimate reason for being unable to turn a paper in by the due date, please raise your concerns in advance of that date.
It is especially important that you proofread your work. I will hand back any unproofread papers without a grade or comments, and they will be marked late.
I do not use Turnitin.com, which I believe is contrary to my mission as an educator. The reason you should not plagiarize in our course is because you have already learned, or our relationship has taught you, that it is wrong, not because you might get caught by software. Plagiarism is wrong because it is a violation of your own integrity and the trust between yourself and other students, yourself and me, and yourself and the university. In our class, we will begin with trust, not with surveillance and suspicion.
Plagiarism consists of representing the words and/or ideas of another as your own. If you use someone else’s ideas, be sure to cite your sources carefully and distinguish those ideas from your own. If you use someone else’s words, be sure to place them in quotation marks and cite your sources.
For guidance on citing sources, see the most recent edition (the 8th) of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as well as my advice on citation. The MLA Style Center provides several sample papers in MLA style, which you can use as models, and this site is also extremely helpful, especially its pages on In-Text Citations, Formatting Quotations, and the Works Cited Page!