Writing Workshop: White Paper

1. Check to be sure there is a reference page.  

Is it labeled References?  

Does it have the running head and page number?

Are there 5 secondary sources?

Go through the paper and see if there are 5 sources in the paper as well.

Is there a primary source used in the paper?

2. Cover Sheet/Title Page

Does their first page match my requirements?

Is there a running head listed on the page on the left hand side?

Is the running head itself written in all caps ?

Did they skip two or three double spaces to the rest of the wording?

Is the title of the paper there, with all important words capitalized?

Is the wording correct?

Prepared by

their name

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements


BUSA 2323

Summer 2010


3. Body of paper, running head

Do all the pages have the same running head?

Does the running head end with an article (the, an) or a preposition (of, to, for)?  It should not.

Does the running head match the running head on the cover page?

Is it written with important words capitalized?

Do the pages all have page numbers?

4. Body of the paper, headings

Please check the headings.

The title of the paper may be centered on the page after the Executive Summary.  Important words in the title should be capitalized.

The title in the body of the paper should match the title on the cover sheet.

Other major headings should also be centered and important words capitalized.

Subheadings within a single category should be on the left (no indention) and italicized.  Important words should be capitalized.  If there is a single subheading, there must be at least two subheadings.



1. Body of the paper, not Discussion

Outside of the discussion the following words should not appear:

I, me, my, mine

you, your, yours

If they do, please circle them.

There should be no contractions.

2. Does the reading make sense?

Read through the paper once.  Mark anything you are unsure of the meaning of.  Put a check mark.

Go back through the paper, rereading it.

Are there still places you do not understand what they mean?  Mark those.  Put a star or an *.

3. Did you understand it?

Write a three sentence summary of their work, not looking at their work or their abstract.

This will allow them to see if what they meant to say is what you read.

4. Discussion

Is there a summation in the discussion?

Is there a discussion of what kinds of work is missing?

Is there a “future directions for research” paragraph?

Personal pronouns are allowed in the discussion section, but should be limited to first person singular (for this paper) or first person plural (for a paper done with a collaborator or collaborators).

5. The main emphasis

The main point of their paper should focus on ethics. Does it?

How well did they discuss their research?

Did they present a problem and offer a solution? If so, does the solution make sense?

Did they present multiple alternatives? If so, did they give the pros and cons of each?

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