posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 05:33 AM
The ATS extended essay competition is for members to write about anything they wish in relation to ATS. Your essay is more likely to be fruitful if
your title takes the form of a question which requires an answer in your essay. You may choose to contribute to an ongoing debate.
Your essay must be 2000-7000 words in length, no more: brevity is the soul of wit. Better 2000 words, sharply focused, then 7000 words where
many are off the point and surplus to requirements. The ideal presentaion is 12 point, double spaced in Times New Roman.
You are advised to write an introduction in which you identify and expore the key themes and scope of your enquiry. It may be wise to suggest why it
is an equiry worth undertaking. There should be little need for an extensive conclusion if the essay itself is answering the question posed: you may
need only to extract and link the strands of arguement already presented.
Essays consist of paragraphs. When you are planning, and even more importanlty when you have completed the draft and are seeking to highlight the
arguement, ensure that eash successive paragraph is playing its part in tackling the issues posed by your question.
Sources and References:
You are not expected to produce anything wholly original; but what you produce must be independant. That is, you must seek sources (in books,
articles, the internet etc) which provide you with information on which you can work on. In other words, finding what someone else has dicovered,
said, written or broadcast is only the start: you have to engage intellectually with those sources in order to come up with an answer to your
Merely to assemble other people's material, extracted from books or the internet, would miss the point and be unintelligent. The way to avoid any
accusation of plagiarism you must acknowledge where specific ideas and information came from. During you essay you must use footnotes (give numbered
references to your sources) and at the end of your essay you must add a bibliography (which is not included in your word limit).
Pursue what interests you and enjoy the exercise and subsequent discussion which fellow members.
Please would an admin contact me to discuss how members could enter, the prixes that will be awarded and who should judge.
[edit on 8/7/05 by GodAtum]