Department of Philosophy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Professor: James Woodbridge
email address:
Office: CDC 426
Office Phone: 895-4051
Dept. Phone: 895-3433


This is a description of the format your papers for this class must have:

(1) All papers must be typed and in 11 or 12 point font.

(2) All papers must be MS-Word documents (.doc or .docx files)

(3) Papers must be double spaced (NOT single spaced, NOT 1.5 spaced, DOUBLE spaced).

(4) Each page should have exactly 1 inch margins on the left, right, top and bottom.

(5) Pages must be numbered. (If your paper has a title page, make sure you set the page number of the title page to 0 (zero) and don't have a page number appear on this "first" page. That way, the first page of your paper's actual text will be numbered "1", as it should be. DO NOT HAVE THE FIRST PAGE OF TEXT NUMBERED "2"! Seriously, come on.)

(6) Do not put your name on your paper--just your student ID number. This allows for "blind" grading of papers. Again, if you have a title page for your paper, do not put your name on the tile page either.

(7) Spell check your papers. I can't tell you how annoying it is to receive a paper full of typos. It shouts "I don't care about this class!" Even if you don't care, it's a bad strategy to shout it at the person grading your paper. Equally annoying is getting a paper full of "random" inappropriate or incorrect words offered by a spell-checker. Look at the words carefully before accepting them.

Here are some of my policies regarding papers:

(1) Papers full of grammatical errors (such as frequent incomplete sentences) are unacceptable. Errors in basic grammar should not occur in a college paper. Any paper of this sort will be returned to be corrected, and the late clock will begin ticking. Go to the Writing Center if you need help getting your writing up to a level that satisfies this condition.

(2) Papers submitted late without prior arrangement (made before the day the paper is due--an email/call on the morning of the due date is too late) will be subject to a grade reduction according to the following schedule: late during the day due (i.e., any time after the specified due time)--1/3 of a grade off; the next day (day, not class)--2/3 off; two days late--one full letter grade off. A third of a grade more is deducted for each additional day. This adds up quickly, so do not fall afoul of it.

(3) You are responsible for making sure I have a copy of your paper, so if for some reason I do not, you must be prepared to get a copy to me on a moment's notice. Also, while writing your paper always have the most recent version backed up externally on at least one disk/memory stick. You are responsible for covering the possibility of computer or disk failure. The claim "my computer crashed" is like "my dog ate my homework"--even if it is true it is not an excuse. You must be prepared for such a contingency.

(4) Papers must be on the specific topics assigned unless prior alternative arrangements have been made.

(5) Plagiarism is grounds for failure of the assignment, if not the whole course. See the Undergraduate Catalog sections on UNLV's official policies regarding plagiarism (and other Academic Misconduct). University sanctions for plagiarism can extend beyond failure of the class, to suspension and even expulsion from UNLV. See the Writing Center's posting Writing Tips: Plagiarism and the Philosophy Department's Guidelines Regarding Plagiarism for accounts of what constitutes plagiarism. Briefly, plagiarism is not just handing in a whole paper written by someone else. It also includes using someone else's exact wording (her or his sentences) without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source. It is also plagiarism to use a point or an idea created by someone else without giving him or her credit for it. So, paraphrasing what someone says (even, say, on the internet, in, say, Wikipedia) and not citing your source is also plagiarism. Finally, as should be obvious, cutting and pasting material from internet sites into your paper is also plagiarism.