Assignment 4 Goals
The primary goal is for you to prepare a draft of your component of the project that is sufficiently complete for me to provide you with meaningful
feedback to incorporate in your final submission.
The secondary goal is for you to assess how your component of the project measures against the draft components prepared by your other group
Assignment 4 Instructions
A “draft” piece of writing is a complete version of the document you are submitting to an audience for feedback. In almost all circumstances, the
feedback you receive on a draft will suggest that you make revisions to the document before it is considered your best final product. Sometimes the
suggested revisions will be minor and sometimes they will be major.
For at least some of us, this can be a challenging process. On the one hand, we are asked to produce what we think is a final product. At the same
time, we are asked to be open to suggestions for changes to our product that will require us to do more work on it. Whether you are someone who
finds the process challenging, or whether you are someone who welcomes constructive feedback, receiving and integrating the feedback always results
in a better final product.
Each group member’s component of the project needs both to stand on its and to fit within the larger whole. I will be assessing each group member’s
component on its own merits and as it contributes to the work of the other group members.
Since different groups may be using different formats, I cannot give generic instructions for the draft. This is your opportunity to organize your
component and to receive feedback on the organization and content of your component.
However, there are two requirements that all assignments must meet [assignments that are being finalized in a non-written format need also to
provide a written transcript that meets these two requirements]:
1. All sources must be integrated. This means you must provide footnote references that document the information and ideas you use from each
of your sources. These footnotes references must be provided both for information and ideas that are communicated by way of paraphrase and
information and ideas that are communicated by way of quotation.
Paraphrasing and quotation are two different methods of communicating information and ideas. You must reference the source(s) for all information
and ideas that come from a source other than your own mind.
o Your paraphrase must be significantly different from the original text. For example, changing one word in a sentence is not a paraphrase.
o Your quotation must 100% accurately represent the original. If you think there is an error in the original, indicate this by placing [sic]
after the text that you believe to be erroneous.
For additional resources on the differences between paraphrasing and quotation, see:
You must provide a separate footnote for each new idea and each new statement of information. Where an idea or information is explained over
several sentences, you may provide one footnote with the last sentence of the group of related sentences.
2. All citations must be complete and formatted according to the McGill Guide, aka the Canadian Guide to Uniform Citation.
Remember that citations serve at least three important purposes:
• They allow your reader to assess the degree of authority of your sources.
• They allow your reader to find your sources.
• They allow your reader to assess your professional competence.
I recommend that you use a checklist to assess all of your citations.
Here are some links to guides to the McGill Guide:
• Queen’s University: http://guides.library.queensu.ca/legal-citation
• Carleton University: https://library.carleton.ca/sites/default/files/help/writing-citing/uniform_legal_style.pdf
• University of Ottawa (footnoting and citation): http://web5.uottawa.ca/www2/rl-lr/eng/legal-citations/1_4-citing_foonotes.html
• University of Toronto: http://library.law.utoronto.ca/legal-citation
• To use proper formatting, ie. proper use of italics and “ ”;
• To provide pinpoint references: para. #s in cases; provisions in statutes and regulations; page or para #s in books and articles;
appropriate pinpoints in other sources;
• That a hyperlink is not a citation, but should be provided along with the citation for documents available only on line.
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