Rowan University
Ellen Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy & Religion
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Office: 117 Linden Hall

Office Phone:  856-256-4835
E-mail:  millere@rowan.edu

Dr. Ellen Miller
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Introduction to Philosophy   (Mon. & Weds.)
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ESSAY CHECKLIST

Essay Format

  • Typewritten

  • Page Numbers

  • Proper Citation: (i.) Bibliography, (ii) Acknowledge all References: Footnotes or endnotes

  • 12 pt font

  • Standard Margins and line spacing. Do not double space between paragraphs or “customize” spacing to meet length requirements.

  • No covers. Please simply staple in top left-hand corner.

  • Use spell check and proof read your essay (read your essay aloud to yourself or ask a friend)

  • Cover page: Your name, course name, Number of the questions you answered

Stylistic Concerns

  • Avoid quoting from lectures

  • Avoid “wordiness” (keep it simple)

  • You need not avoid writing in the first person: In philosophy YOU are the voice

  • No grand introductory sentences please, eg. “Since the beginning of time...”, Philosophers have been debating this question for centuries...”

  • CLEAR, SUCCINCT THESIS STATEMENT, EG. “I WILL ARGUE”, “

          **somewhere in first paragraph

                 **followed by a “structural” paragraph

  • Refrain from merely summarizing lecture notes: be philosophical or critical

  • Demonstrate your understandign of text

  • Avoid long bock quotes--if you use them, explain the material in your own words

  • Exercise discretion when quoting--make sure the passage is relevant).

Writing as Learning

  • Edit your work carefully

  • Do not hand in a first draft--Write your paper, let it sit, then return to your writing

  • Pretend your audience is not your professor but another classmate who is not in this course

  • Read comments and learn for next paper

  • Writing is a process where we continuously learn by doing

 

 
 
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