One of our goals for writing is learning how to integrate and cite sources correctly. In English courses, we follow MLA style. When you use the ideas or words of other people and claim them as your own, it is considered plagiarism. Copying someone else’s style or voice is also a form of plagiarism; we want your personal, authentic voice to be evident in your writing. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. Consequences include a zero on a paper, failing the course, or suspension from Point. In order to facilitate your scholarship, you will be required to include a copy of any source material you cite (direct quote or paraphrase) outside the course texts with all papers you write. This includes parts of books, articles from magazines, newspapers, or journals, and online sources. Research papers must be submitted in both hard copy and on a disk. Research papers and any other papers, at the instructor’s discretion, will be checked for plagiarism by a software program. When in doubt, cite!
English Journals Available in the Point Library
Christianity and Literature
Comparative Literature Studies
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
Poets and Writers Magazine
Studies in English Literature
The Writer’s Chronicle
Resources for Students in English Courses
Reading, Notetaking, and Study Skills
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html (includes inventories/tests)
Grammar and Style
Finding, Using, and Evaluating Internet Sources
Writing across the Curriculum
Tips for Writers
The senior thesis provides an opportunity for a senior majoring in English, history or humanities to complete an extended independent study project in preparation for graduate school. The project includes a rigorous research component on a topic of interest to the student and is supervised by a full-time faculty member. See Senior Thesis Procedure (PDF) and Senior Thesis Proposal (PDF) for more information.