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DIRECTIONS FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #2
Purpose: To research and critique a classic or contemporary ethical problem by way of an assigned religious or philosophical tradition. To apply a religious or philosophical tradition’s approach to morals and ethics to an ethical issue or moral dilemma and determine the outcomes.
Length: The paper is to be 2000-2500 words -do not be fooled by word processor word-counts, they often count very small words, letters, numbers and citations as ‘words’ when they are not. An easy way to get a true academic word-count is to add up the major words on a single line of random text and to multiply it by the number of lines per page, then multiply the result by the number of full pages. Short papers will be penalized marks. Can you exceed 2500 words? Of course, but remember that part of crafting a good essay is being concise.
Requirements: All of the facts and uncommon information in this assignment must be supported by the sources obtained from your research. Sources used must be properly cited: YOU MUST USE A PROPER STYLE GUIDE (APA, Chicago, or MLA) to format your in-paper citations, bibliography, and the essay in general. This assignment requires that you make use of a minimum of 5 academic sources in writing your paper; a real ‘academic’ source is something that has been peer-reviewed and published in the field -if you are uncertain if a source is proper to use you should always ask. As per the evaluation sheet, nearly ½ of the paper will be evaluated on proper written English. Any use of other person’s materials or prior assignments from previous sections, terms, or online sources will result in an automatic F and an investigation into plagiarism.
Researching: Researching your topic means going to the libraries, and online, to find information. Do not use the UM Learn Course Readings or Class Lectures Notes as sources. If you require help finding source materials for your paper -ASK! Ask the librarians, professor, advisors, etc. Do not wait until the day before your paper is due to ask for help!
At the Library: Make sure that you know how to use the University of Manitoba Library Catalogue, especially how to do ‘subject’ and ‘keyword’ searches. The “One Stop Search” at the library website is a good place to start. You can also check the ATLA Religion Database of articles on religion (it is in the list of on-line databases). Do not go to the library, find a big book about what you are researching, and assume that you have done the necessary research. Seldom does one book, even if it is long and detailed, do justice to a topic. At the same time, don’t try to read everything you can find on your subject. Remember, you are writing an academic essay; do not try to include every single detail into your paper.
Online: The internet can be a great source of useful information. But anyone can put almost anything they wish on the Web, including stuff that is not true. Generally, think of the Web as an odd mix of scholarship, personal opinion, and public relations junk ( especially so in matters of religion). If you use Web resources, you need to be able to make such distinctions to ensure a given site’s academic reliability. Web sites run by universities, organizations like the United Nations or the like are generally trustworthy. Remember, academic sources include documents that have been reviewed by others in the field, items that are published by accredited institutions and well-known organizations. Personal opinions of non-experts are not good sources for academic papers.