Ap Essay

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UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Departments of History and Economic and Social History
A Short Guide to Presenting History EssaysThis document explains how to lay out and cite sources in history essays. It is intended to help you understand how to use and acknowledge sources, so that you write better history essays and avoid plagiarism. Further details are provided in Writing with Style, available from the departmental website.1. Essay PresentationYour essay should include an unnumbered title page which states the department name; module title; tutor's name (and seminar group, if relevant); title of the question being answered; your matriculation number; date of submission; and word count, including text and footnotes. Do not put your name on the title page or elsewhere in the essay.The text of the essay must be word-processed according to the following guidelines:Use one side only of A4 paper per page of your essay;All margins should be at least 1 inch (25 mm).The text should have 1.5 (or double) line spacing. The text may be left aligned or justified, as you wish.Divide the text into paragraphs, with a blank line between each paragraph.The font size should be 11 or 12 point, and the print should be clear and black.The page number should be displayed at the top or bottom of each page, starting with 1 on the first page of text.Staple your essay together. You must hand in TWO copies, one of which will be returned to you after marking. A folder is neither required nor recommended.2. Using SourcesAn essay should be written in your own words. It should not be a patchwork of quotations and paraphrases cut and pasted from your reading. This may differ from the way in which you were taught to write essays in school.The sources of quotations and paraphrases must be given in footnote references. Acknowledgement of primary and secondary sources is an important feature of a good essay. Failure to acknowledge your sources might lead you to be charged with plagiarism.A quotation is a section of text taken word for word from a primary or secondary source. It may be from a few words to several sentences long. All quotations must be clearly indicated and their source given. Use quotations sparingly, and only when the exact wording is needed to support your argument. You must indicate quotations with single inverted commas (at 'start and finish') or by indentation if the quotation is long. Acknowledge the source using a footnote, as described below.A paraphrase consists of a section of text taken from a source that is recognisably similar to the original, even if you have changed or omitted some words. Do not use inverted commas to indicate paraphrases, but you still must acknowledge the source, using a footnote.Short quotations should be placed within the text, and not on a separate line, in order to keep the text flowing. Quotations need to be placed on a separate line only if they are more than forty words long (around three lines). Long quotations should be indented...

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