Essay Formatting, Guidelines, and Submission


  • All essays must be double-spaced (use one-inch margins on all sides) and typed (Times New Roman font, size 12).
  • Make sure to include your name, the essay assignment (and whether it is a first draft or final draft), my name (Professor Belli), and the date.  Also, include your last name and page number on the top right corner of each page in the header.
  • Include a title for your essay (center but do not underline or italicize; do not use quotation marks or bold/larger font).
  • Make sure to include a “Work(s) Cited” page that gives the bibliographic information for your texts as well as in-text citations (for page numbers) within the body of your essay.  All citations should be in the correct MLA format.
  • Staple your papers (do not paperclip them or leave the papers loose).
  • Your writing, at all stages, will be accompanied with a “Reflective” Cover Letter that discusses your writing for that assignment. This is an essential part of the assignment, and submissions without it will not be accepted.


General Guidelines

  • You should carefully proofread your essay to eliminate spelling, grammatical, syntactical, and organizational errors.  Do not rely simply on a computer spelling/grammar check to do your proofreading.  Read your essay out loud – you are much more likely to catch errors this way.
  • I encourage you to come conference with my about your writing for this assignment; however, due to the time constraints often present and the number of students who may wish to come see me, I would encourage scheduling an appointment with me in advance of the due dates if you would like to discuss your work.
  • If you do not have a computer or a printer at home (or if they temporarily do not work), you should use the resources that City Tech offers you: there are Computer Labs throughout campus where you can work and print your writing. Do not wait until the afternoon a draft is due to write, proofread, or print it (assignments are due at 8:30am, at the start of class, and will not be accepted later if you are late to class or miss class).
  • In class discussions, during peer review of assignments, and on our blogging on our course OpenLab site, everyone has access to everyone’s writing/work). While discussion, sharing ideas, and collaboration is encouraged in this course, everyone is responsible for producing his/her own original work on all assignments (unless otherwise indicated).
  • Your writing may be submitted to SafeAssign, which is a software that checks writing for plagiarism (instructors regularly do this when you submit assignments to Blackboard). Any assignment that involve plagiarism (in any form) will automatically fail the assignment and may result in failure of the course.
  • For more information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, refer to the City Tech Academic Integrity Policy and the resources on our syllabus/course site (you may also wish consult additional resources such as the UNC Writing Center’s handout on plagiarism), and please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about academic integrity in this course or beyond. If you have any questions/concerns about plagiarism beyond what we discuss in class, it is your responsibility to notify me immediately so I can provide further clarification.


Submitting your Assignments Electronically

  • As the semester progresses and assignments are due, you will be submitting drafts of your work digitally to me via e-mail.
  • Make sure you submit your essays as a Word file (.doc or .docx). If you do not submit your file as a Word document, you will not receive credit for your work (I may not be able to open the file). Do not submit .pdf, .odt, .wps files, etc. If you are using another program such as Open Office or Microsoft Works, you can easily save the file as a Word document. Otherwise, you can access Microsoft Word on City Tech computers.
  • In order to receive credit for your work, each file must be labeled with your full name, the assignment: e.g., Jill Belli, Essay 1
  • Files that are not a word document or are not labeled correctly will receive no credit.
  • Your Cover Letter should be the first page of your essay file. Do not send me two separate files.
  • Remember to ALWAYS keep a copy of your submitted work/files elsewhere on your computer for your own records. Throughout this semester and in the future (future semesters/years), you want to make sure you still have access to your work

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