Educational Technology student Resources: Submission Formats - Academic Papers
Academic Paper Submissions
Follow the specifications of your professor for any
variations from these suggested formats. Note that academic work typically
requires certain format conventions and that work submitted in unacceptable
formats might not receive credit.
- Be sure that the file you
save on a disk or your hard drive includes within it full student information
in the upper left, that it has a heading or title as appropriate, and that
it follows the format requirements for the assignment (see Academic
Papers for some generic advice but check with your professor about other
specific requirements). Remember that if your name is not in the document
itself, you professor will not know who submitted it.
- Filenames for documents submitted on disk or as email
attachments must have descriptive names (often these names will be assigned
by the professor) and must end with your initials.
- Unless you have been advised otherwise, filenames
must total no more than eight characters followed by a period (dot) plus
a three-character extension that designates the file type. Your word processor
adds this extension for the file type except when you save in a special
format. Do not use long filenames, which are not universally readable.
- Remember to include your own initials shown as XXX
in the example; these initials distinguish your file from other people's
files when they are transmitted and opened. If somebody else in the class
has the same initials, notify the professor to arrange a variant. For example,
if two students are Pat S. Smart and Pat S. Sage, one might be asked to
submit as pxs and the other as pss.
fleasxxx.doc or fleasxxx.wpd *NOTE: Use your
own initials instead of XX.
- If your files do not transmit as they should, contact
your professor promptly to determine alternative submission formats. If you
are not using Word or WordPerfect, you might be able to use rtf (rich text
format). Acrobat pdf files are another alternative. You might be able to use
html instead. See also Electronic Submissions.