Formatting—Headings, Figures & Tables
During my 33 years of teaching at the University of Michigan and The Evergreen State College, I read hundreds, if not thousands of student essays, research papers, and theses. The following sections outline and highlight some of the important considerations for writing and presenting seminar and library research papers and talks that I found I wanted to repeat over and over again to my students. The first section, On Writing, contains suggestions on writing in general. The second section, Writing Research Reports, is more specific; its original version--both as a series of class presentations and in written form--was based on Peter Woodford's Scientific Writing for Graduate Students (Rockefeller University Press). The third section, On Speaking, was first prepared for this collection. Dr. Pat Labine first introduced me to the Speaker Evaluation Form in essentially the form and content presented herein; it has been used in a variety of classes at Evergreen in the past.
Please read this Guide through carefully in your first encounter, and then refer to it as needed as you proceed with your research and writing. There are a number of important suggestions and requests that will make the job of any teacher much easier, and it will make it more possible for the reader to pay attention to the substance of what you say, rather than struggling with how you say it. Thanks.
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Last Updated on January 30, 2007, by Richard Cellarius