You can use one or more of the papers presented and discussed in class, or you can choose another paper or papers as long as: the paper/s are peer reviewed, the paper/s deal with a topic related to marine science.
The essay should follow these guidelines:
- Do not write more than 2 pages, double spaced. Font: 12 pt. Margins: 1 inch.
- Include the references used at the end of the essay and cite the reference/s in full (author, title, journal, date, volume, pages). The reference/s can be included on a third page.
- Check your grammar and spelling.
- Be concise and organized.
The essay will be graded based on the following criteria:
- Originality: it is not just a summary of other people’s work but includes some original and creative thinking
- Organization: it flows in a well organized and logic way
- Presentation: follows the guidelines above
- Relevance: it is relevant to materials discussed in class (must cover a topic in marine biology)
- Accuracy: the materials presented are based on evidence or reliable information
Please avoid the following or points will be subtracted from your score:
- Grammatical errors
- Personal opinions: avoid using “I think” or “I believe”
- Inaccurate information (check your sources)
- Contractions (don’t, won’t, etc)
- Long sentences that are difficult to read
- Copied and pasted paragraphs (even if they are in quotes)
- Non-peer reviewed references
- References not cited at the end of the essay
How do I find an appropriate paper?
- Make sure you are on CPP VPN so you have access to the university’s journal subscriptions (DO NOT PAY FOR ANY ARTICLES!!!) If you cannot establish a VPN connection (instructions here), there are many open access journals that provide articles for free, or email me a link and I will use my VPN connection to get the paper for you.
- Go to Google Scholar and search for a marine-related topic you find interesting.
- Pick your favorite paper! Make sure it is from primary literature, not popular literature.
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