50 Points Paper Guidelines

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50 Points

Paper Guidelines
I. Due dates:

  1. Paper topic must be approved by your TA by recitation on 26 or 27 October.

  2. Paper due in recitation on 16 or 17 November.

  3. Papers returned for revision in recitation on 30 November or 1 December.

  4. Revised paper due in recitation on 7 or 8 December.

II. General Guidelines

  • Minimum length 3 pages; maximum length 4 pages.

  • 12 point font

  • One inch margins at top, bottom and sides of paper.

II. Paper Sections:

  • Introduction (8 points): This section presents a general overview of your topic. The introduction should set the stage for the important points that will be discussed in detail in the remainder of the paper.

  • Review of Literature (15 points): Discuss the major conflicts or ideas associated with your topic. Review work published on your topic. You should strive to summarize the work and its major conclusions.

  • Discussion (12 points): Provide your interpretation of the work reviewed in the review of Literature section. We are looking for evidence of critical thinking and an ability to apply evolutionary ideas to your topic.

  • Literature Cited: A MINIMUM of three different published references must be cited. None of these three references can be a web page, although one reference can be a web page if more than three different references are used. You may not use your text as a reference. See below for details on how to cite literature.

III. Grammar & Citations

  • Grammar (9 points): Papers will be graded on the basis of sentence structure, spelling and general flow of ideas. Many errors associated with sentence structure & spelling can be avoided by using the grammar checker that is part of most word processing programs.

  • Citations (6 points): When presenting the data of others, you need to cite them as a reference. We will adopt the citation format used by your text. Please realize that every paper cited in the text must appear in the Literature Cited section, and every reference in the Literature Cited section must be cited in the text.

How to cite papers in the text of your paper.

  • Single authored papers: The phylogenetic position of the giant earthworms of Australia is not well understood due to its unusual anatomy (Slimy 1998).

  • Papers with two authors: Tapeworm and Grub (1997) made the giant earthworms a sister group to flatworms.

  • Papers with three or more authors: However, Setea et al. (2000) have allied the giant earthworms with the worms associated with deep-marine thermal vents.

Literature Cited section:


Tapeworm, G.G. and R.T. Grub. 1997. Worms of the World (Canberra, Australia: Australian University Press).

Chapters in a book:

Setae, D.D., M. Jordan and L. Bird. 2000. Worms of deep-marine thermal vents. Pages 452-730. In R.T. Grub and G.G. Tapeworm, eds. The Taxonomic Relationships of Worms (Canberra, Australia: Australian University Press).

Papers in scientific journals:

Slimy, S. 1998. The giant worms of Australia. Worm Quarterly 400:675-800.

(Note: 400 is the volume number of the journal and 675-800 are the first and last pages, respectively, of the paper.)

IV. Paper topics.

You may choose a topic that has an evolutionary theme in the general areas of 1) antibiotic resistance, 2) Genetically modified organisms or 3) Conservation genetics. Remember that your topic needs to be approved by your TA. I suggest that you discuss this during their office hours.

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