you're working on your paper, consider the following questions, and
then ask yourself "Have I done an excellent job here, a good
job, a fair job, or a poor job?"
my introduction clear and concise?
I stated the general topic of the paper?
the introduction contain a thesis statement--a statement of the
general conclusion(s) of the paper?
the introduction contain a brief overview of the structure of the
paper to follow?
Presentation of the argument or position to be considered
the argument or position to be considered presented clearly?
reasons given to support the position being defended (if applicable)?
the argument of good logical form (if applicable)?
reasons given to support the premises of the argument being considered
my own arguments given clearly?
my own arguments given clearly and in paragraphs that are separate
from each other and from the argument or position being considered?
my own arguments valid (or strong, if I'm giving an inductive argument)?
I given reason to think the premises of my arguments are true?
the best possible reply to the criticism considered?
I summed things up briefly and clearly?
Overall structure and mechanics
the paper have a clear overall structure?
every word spelled correctly and used in its proper sense?
the paper consist entirely of complete sentences?
there any awkward sentences?
all ideas that aren't my own (including not only direct quotations,
but also paraphrases) cited using a proper format?