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Research on Japan (110-453)

Guidelines for Essays

Submission guidelines for Honours theses

Guidelines for Essays

1. Format

Please type your essays. Handwritten essays are difficult to read. Computers are available for student access.

Double space your typing.

Include a cover page for details such as your name, the name of the tutor who will be correcting your paper, the name of the subject, the essay topic and the due date. Please also include your current phone number so that you can be contacted if necessary regarding your essay.

2. Content

3. Expression

Your written expression is important in essay writing. Poor expression detracts from a good argument, so ensure that the spelling and grammar of your essay are correct. If you are aware that you have difficulties with English expression, perhaps arrange to swap essays with another student and give each other assistance.

If you are not a native speaker of English you are recommended to approach ESL (English as a Second Language) staff for assistance.

4. Annotation

When writing essays it is essential that students acknowledge the words and ideas of others. This may be done either by using the Harvard Author-Date system, or a note system (either footnotes or endnotes). The Institute will accept any of these systems of annotation. See A guide to resources on citation for details.

Submission guidelines for Honours theses for the Japanese Studies Section, MIALS, 2003

1. Two (2) copies are due in the Institute Office by 5 pm of the 13th June (Semester 1; mid-year entry) or 7th November (Semester 2).

2. These two copies maybe be bound using a commercial spiral technique or placed in black hard covers which my be purchased at the University Bookroom. One copy will be returned to the student; the other becomes the property of the Institute and will be held in the Institute Library.

3. The paper does not need to be acid-free if the candidate does not so desire.

4. The final copy should be double-spaced, using a standard size font (12 point Palatino or 12 point Times New Roman) and have at least 3.5 centimetre margins on all four sides.

5. The thesis' documentation should follow standardised formats - either the footnote/endnote system or the author-date system - not a mixture of both.

6. Bibliographies must also be standardised and consistent. The student may choose to separate Japanese language texts from English texts, or organise the bibliography by medium (book, newspaper article, CD-ROM, Internet, etc); this is up to the candidate but all materials used as references in the main text MUST be included in the bibliography.

7. The use of Japanese and Chinese characters in the text is up to the discretion of the candidate. If no characters are used, the thesis must conform to the standard Hepburn and Pinyin systems of transcription.

Here you can download fonts that actually give you the straight line over the long vowels, instead of the "peaked hats" that Word gives you for macrons over long vowels. For both PC and Macintosh. Word in Office 2000 does have the straight line over the vowels in its "insert symbol" feature.

Further links:

Research on Japan in the Arts Faculty Handbook online
Japanese Studies Program

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