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Succeed in College

Some General Rules for College Papers

Information adapted from College Confidence with ADD.

Here is a short list of some of the basic rules for college papers:

  • Use quotations from articles or from your textbook to support arguments.
  • Cite all direct quotations and information you take from sources—different professors prefer different styles (MLA, APA), so ask.
  • Use proper sentence and paragraph structure.
  • Don't misspell words.
  • Use proper grammar.
  • NEVER plagiarize! It's unethical and could be grounds for dismissal from the school.