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Table of Contents
1. FIRST THINGS FIRST.
Know the Assignment. Know the Criteria for Evaluation. Schedule Your Time. Types of Philosophy Papers. Philosophy Courses and Sample Paper Topics. What You Will Find in This Book.
2. THESIS DEFENSE PAPERS.
Developing a Thesis. The Opening and Closing Paragraphs. The Body of the Paper. Arguing for the Thesis.
3. SPECIAL KINDS OF PAPERS.
Compare-and-Contrast Papers. Research Papers. Summary Papers and Explanatory Papers.
4. WRITING AND REVISING THE PAPER.
Getting Started. Mapping and Outlining. Rough and Final Drafts. Plagiarism. Responding to Criticism. Writing Style. Word Processing Tools.
Precision of Expression. Grammar. Punctuation. Gender. Scholarly Terms and Abbreviations. Spelling.
6. GOOD REASONING.
An Introductory Example. Making a Strong Case for Your View. Counterexamples and Generalizations. Two Kinds of Misdirection Fallacies. Two Special Kinds of Evidence.
7. INTERNET AND OTHER RESEARCH SOURCES.
The Internet Journals, Reference Works, and Libraries.
8. REFERENCE TO OTHER SOURCES.
Documentation with Footnotes and Endnotes to Books and Articles.
Other Systems of Documentation.
A Special Consideration for Using Internet Sources.
Appendix A: Editing Your Paper.
Appendix B: Sample Paper with Documentation.
Appendix C: Formal Patterns of Logic.