PAPER FORMAT / STYLE
The document must
observe the following instructions to receive maximum credit:
- The paper's text must
be at least 4 full pages to a suggested maximum of 6 full
- A "full page"
must have text extend to all required margins of the
- Margins (blank
space) must be exactly 1" on all sides.
- The cover page,
blank page, bibliography page(s) and separate illustration page(s)
/ attachments do not count for the required minimum report text
- Text pages must
not contain the student's name, paper title or any other non-content
- The report's text pages
(body) must be sequentially numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.).
content and sequence are as follows:
- Do not number
the title page, blank page or the bibliography page(s).
- A cover page, which
- the student's
name, the paper's title and the session number (MECH 1)
- One blank page.
are to be:
- Typed ("word-processed")
- "Double spaced"
means that there should be no extra "carriage returns"
(blank lines) between paragraphs.
- In a single, easily
read, twelve-point (12pt.), mixed-case, font (not all caps).
- Three-hole punched
(a punch is in the classroom).
be at least three (3) literature citations (documented
- Stapled together in
the upper left-hand corner (a stapler is in the classroom).
- Unbound (i.e., not
in a folder or binder).
- Black, typewritten
text on white, 20 to 24-pound bond paper.
- "Typewritten" usually means "word-processed"
or written using a computer.
- Printed on one side
of each sheet.
- No more than two
(2) Internet addresses may be used:
- Internet sources
must be valid academic sites that have .edu, .org, or .gov extensions
(unless an online periodicals source is used or the student
has prior approval from the instructor).
- No "wiki"
sources will be allowed.
- Cited Web addresses
must be real.
- Sites will be randomly
checked for authenticity.
- The grade will be
severely reduced (possibly a zero) for invalid or nonexistent
- Cited Web sources
must have authors
- No more than one (1)
encyclopedia reference may be used.
- No more than one (1)
living person may be interviewed as a source:
- Other sources must
be attached and cited in order to verify that person's contribution
to electronics (company literature, newspaper or magazine articles
or advertisements, patents, etc.).
- The interviewed
person cannot be the author of the term paper.
and format will be graded! Double-check
the text and the spell checker.
- Remaining sources
may be biographies, autobiographies, periodicals, "who's
who" texts and pamphlets.
- Accessing these
sources may require library visits (physically or on-line).
- All sources must be
cited with proper format for scientific writing.
The text must be focused.
Credit may be reduced for extended ("padded") documents. The
work should be interesting but long enough to cover the topic. Examples
of "padding" are listed in the Grading section below.
Illustrations and graphics
are not allowed in the text pages (body).
Pronouns in the paper:
- Attach illustrations to a separate page inserted after the
text pages but before the bibliography.
- All illustrations
(photos, etc.) must be referenced in the text (e.g., "See
Fig. 1," etc.) and the source(s) listed in the bibliography.
portion of each report must include an:
- First-person pronouns
are allowed ("I," "me," "my," "our," "us" and "we"), and may include
personal experience only if using such a format avoids
vagueness, adds authority and clarity or presents a personal example.
- A first-person format
is not acceptable if it makes the paper subjective or relates
only the author's personal opinion. Personal opinion
should not substitute for facts or be represented as such.
- Second-person pronouns
("you," "your" and "yours") are
- Introduction (including
- Text pages (body)
- Summary or Conclusion
a PDF of the above list HERE.
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