In linguistics courses you will generally use the APA style. You may consult the Concise rules of APA style, available in the library reference section, call number BF76.7 .C66 2005 . A description of the style is also available online at
Do’s and Don’ts for papers in International Languages and Cultures:
- Acknowledge secondary sources when necessary: when in doubt, cite!
- Proofread your papers carefully.
- Try to express your ideas using the structures that you know in the foreign language, not those that you know in English.
- Write your paper in English first and then try to translate.
- Just summarize plot in a literary analysis paper: make sure you are analyzing what the author does and how he/she does it, using evidence from the text to back up your argument.
- Plagiarize. Failure to acknowledge outside sources will be dealt with severely. Plagiarism includes having others assist in the writing of your composition.
- Consider your first draft to be your last draft. Make sure to leave yourself time to revise and rework.
- Use online translators.