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A term paper is assigned in this course so that you will have an opportunity to study one issue in detail and prepare a written statement on that issue.  This should be original work produced from a thorough search of the primary literature. Books, journals, magazines, newspapers and other secondary literature sources may also be used in your report as well various internet sources. The research librarians in the OSU library can be a valuable resource. Be sure to fully cite any resource used in your paper. The topic should be pre-approved by February 6, 2017.



You may write on any topic as long as it deals with grasses. Your paper should be ca. 10 typewritten, double-spaced pages long (excluding references). Leave one inch margins on all sides of the paper. Do not right justify your work. Divide the information in your paper with subheadings and provide a cover page and summary. A Literature Cited section listing all references cited should also be included (see format for bibliographic citations below). Latinized scientific names should be italicized or underlined. The first time a scientific name (binomial) is used in the paper be sure to include the authority. Subsequent times the binomial is used the authority may be omitted.

Due Date 

The term paper is due March 10, 2017. You will be penalized one letter grade for each day your paper is late. Not properly acknowledging references in your work and lifting materials directly from web sites will be considered plagiarism and will result in failure.

Format for Bibliographic Citations

The purpose of citations (references) is to let the reader know where you got the information that is used in your paper. Here are two examples using your text as a reference source.

Miller (1988) states that the world population is increasing at a more rapid rate each year.

      or you may write,

The world population is increasing at a more rapid rate each year (Miller, 1988).

Note in the second example that the period comes at the end of the sentence, not before the reference.  If the source has two authors, you would write (Miller and Jones, 1988); if more than two authors, then (Miller, et al., 1988) is sufficient.

However, if there are more than two authors, while et al. can be used in the text to cite that reference, all authors need to be cited in the Literature Cited pages.

With regard to the Literature Cited pages at the end of your paper, please use the following format:

Example for a book citation:

Fritsch, F.E. 1965. The Structure and Reproduction of Algae. Vol. I. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. 791 pp.

Hansen, B.F. and R.P. Wunderlin. 1996. Grasses of Florida: A Checklist of the Poaceae of Florida Along with Their Distribution by County. Institute for Systematic Botany, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. 133 pp.

Example for a paper citation:

Iltis, Hugh H. 1983. Tropical forests: What will be their fate? Environment 25(10):55-60.

Aiken, S.G., W.G. Dore, L.P. Lefkovitch, and K.C. Armstrong. 1989. Calamagrostis epigejos (Poaceae) in North America, especially Ontario. Canad. J. Bot. 67:3205-3218.

Example for a web citation:

Dipardo, Joseph. 2002. Outlook for Biomass Ethanol Production and Demand.      http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/analysispaper/biomass.html. Accessed February 20, 2007.