Preparing the final draft of
Now that you have addressed
the issue of common knowledge, and assessed
your paper, it's time for the simple task of preparing
the final draft of your paper.
the colored footnote version of your paper: SAVE it with
a new file name such as YourLastName_PaperTitle_ColoredFootnotes_FINAL.docx.
Be sure to KEEP this file either for your own future reference
or to hand in if your professor requires it. To avoid accidental
data loss, it's a good idea to save this file into a folder titled
"ARCHIVE--do not edit"
2) The FINAL VERSION of your paper: Now save
the colored footnote version of your paper AGAIN with a DIFFERENT
name, such as: YourLastName_PaperTitle_FINAL.docx. When
you finish the steps below you will have the final version of
Working on this file (YourLastName_PaperTitle_FINAL.docx) and NOT on the
archived colored footnote version:
- Go through your paper and delete all footnotes
that include citations from three sources.
This, of course, is why putting the second and third citations
in different colors (such as blue for the second source,
and red for the third) is so useful. The colored footnotes
are easy to see, so you won't delete a footnote that you should
keep in your paper. If you're using Microsoft Word, to delete
the footnotes containing the triple documentation, all you have
to do is to delete the appropriate superscript1 in the text of your
paper and the footnote will disappear.
Here is a link to the example we've already looked at of colored
footnotes correctly done (Microsoft Word format).
And here is a link to the same
example with the colored (common knowledge) footnotes removed.
See how much shorter the paper becomes? It's also rock-solid,
and NOW the remaining footnotes will be helpful to an interested
- Prepare your final "Select Bibliography," OMITTING many of the sources you used to nail down
the common knowledge footnotes.
You will, of course, KEEP any source that:
- You also used as an important source for
the paper, or
- Appears in at least one footnote in the final
version of the paper
- Be sure to use the correct
format for the entries in your bibliography, and if you divide
your bibliography into categories, after
the main heading include a short introductory paragraph that
says something like: "I have organized the bibliography
under these headings: a) [title], b) [title], c) [title] etc."
This is such standard phrasing that you may use the sentence
without fear of plagiarism.
- Insert page numbers your name and the
title of your paper in a header or footer.
This is a great help to anyone who does a printout of your paper:
Imagine dropping a printout of your paper and then having to
re-assemble the scattered pages in the right order.
© Jan Mainzer