African Diaspora: Guideline and Rubric for your 7-page research paper.
1.Your paper should have a clear introduction by stating the THESIS/THEME of your research in the first paragraph.
2.Also state in the first paragraph the significant of your study. What NEW INFORMATION your research reveals in relation to what other writers have said about the topic or similar topic?
3. AVOID THE USE OF THE PERSONAL PRONOUN “I” IN THE PAPER. For example “I plan to write about…” Simply say, “This paper is about or this paper examines or explores…”
4.The body of the paper should read smoothly and clearly. Try to use short sentences and not long sentences that will confuse the idea you want to convey or put forward. Proof read your paper for wrong sentences and spellings.
5.Write one-sided and writings be separated into paragraphs.
6.Your conclusion should be the last paragraph and should highlights or clearly states/provide summary of the main points or themes your paper examined, including new information or idea your research revealed. Remember that the paper is a research paper.
7.You MUST use FOOTNOTES citations, NOT APA or MLA citations.
8.Footnote citation format: There should be NO URL or www. Wikipedia.com, www. Google.com, http://www.sources.com.
The War of 1812 is rightly called the American second war of independence because the war finally led to the British removing all of their troops from the soil of the United States. The removal of the troops represented the British acknowledgement of the victory and sovereignty of the United States.
- The last page of the paper should have the list of books, articles and any sources you used to write the paper.
- Names in bibliography should be written in alphabetical order: a,b,c, etc.
Example of footnotes and Bibliographical format citations:
Book citation for footnote: John Doe. The History of the American Revolution. (New York: New York University Press, 1978), p. 20.
Article citation for footnote: John Doe. “The Federalists Interpretation of the American Constitution.” Journal of American History, vol. 6, no. 23 (1964), p. 16.
Bibliography: Doe, John. The History of the American Revolution. New York: New York University Press, 1978.
Rubric for Paper
- Paper without clear introduction that includes Thesis/theme, research significance, new info/idea. ( -5 points)
- Use of personal Pronoun “I”: (-3 points for each use)
- Lack of paragraphs and indentions on pages of the paper: (-5 points each page)
- Lack of double-spacing or if you type on both sides of the paper: (-5 points each page)
- Paper with disjointed and repeated sentences and ideas or not reading clearly/smoothly: (-5 points)
- Paper without clarity in Conclusion that highlights the main points and NEW info/ideas your research revealed. (-5 points)
- The use of any websites such as www.google.com, or Wikipedia or any www.com as sources on any page: (-5 points for each citation).
- Sources on pages without names of authors and citation pages: (-5 points each page)
- Bibliographical sources not arrange alphabetically or less than five: (-15 points)
- After the first citation of a book, article or any source, the citation of the same source and page should cited as “Ibid,” the same source but different page should be “Ibid,” page #.
- The use of APA or MLA on any page: (-5points each page).
- Paper less than 7 pages (-25 points)
 John Doe. The American Second War of Independence. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), P. 7.
 James Peterson. “The Second Victory for Americans after the War of 1812.” Journal of War History. Vol. 5, no. 6(1820), p. 12.