Assess your paper, part 2
............Is your paper well-crafted?
Second--and less clear cut: Is your paper
well crafted? Consider the questions below and make any necessary
- Now that you've almost finished your paper,
do a final assessment
of your bibliography. Is everything in order, or does
your bibliography--and by extension, your paper--need strengthening
in some areas?
- Is the information in your paper accurate?
Does your paper really reflect the
information and ideas expressed by the authors of the sources
you consulted? Remember that if a savvy reader finds factual
errors, he or she will assume there are others that are less
obvious and will reject your paper as unreliable.
- Were you careful in your preparation of
a colored footnote version
of your paper to identify instances
of common knowledge?
Did you revise and strengthen your paper if you discovered that
some things that you thought were common knowledge actually are
the focus of scholarly disagreement?
© Jan Mainzer