POLI 16-Turning in Work

Due Dates:

Check the week-by-week calendar for your class section to see when work is due. And, plan early!!! NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL.

Turning in Work On-Line:

All work should be turned in prior to arriving in class on the day work is due. 

Almost all of your written work will be turned in and graded on-line using two methods:

1. Catalyst is De Anza's on-line learning tool. It will accept work that has graphics, photos, screenshots, etc.  The following work will be turned in through your Catalyst site:

  • Practicing Democracy Assignments
  • Civic Engagement Field Work contracts, papers, journals and timecards
  • Civic Engagement Take-home Final paper supplemental attachments
  • Facebook assignments

2. Turnitin.com is a service that allows us to evaluate and provide feedback for your work quickly and efficiently.  In addition, turnitin.com compares the written work students turn in against a massive data base of publicly available writing, other papers that have been turned in at De Anza and on other campuses, internet webpages, etc. This allows us to insure that your work is not plagiarized.  You will use www.turnitin.com for:

  • Civic Engagement Take-home Final paper

You MUST ALSO have a written or electronic copy of all of your work available IN CLASS on the day it is due so that you can refer to it in discussion groups. You will lose 25% of your assignment grade if you do not have a reference copy of your work available in class on the day it is due.

To submit work on turnitin.com:

  1. Go to www.turnitin.com .
  2. Create a user profile by clicking on the link at the top right hand side of the page.
  3. It will ask you if you are a student or an instructor. Choose "student"
  4. It will then ask you for a class i.d. and password. The class i.d. is:  6773724. The password is "turnitin".
  5. It will then ask you for an email address. Give them your best email address.
  6. It will then ask for a password. Choose a password you will remember or write it down somewhere secure.
  7. It will then ask for a memory prompt, your name, your agreement to certain legal terms and conditions, after which it will create a user profile and allow to you submit work for the class.
  8. You can then log onto the class page by clicking on the "Grassroots Democracy: Social Movements" page after you log on.
  9. To submit papers, click on the "submit" button corresponding to the assignment you wish to turn in and then upload your document from your computer.

Plagiarism and Academic Citation:

The vast majority of students are honest. A few are not. Here's what you need to know to stay honest in your citations.

If you use direct quotes or even ideas from written or unwritten sources, published or unpublished, or even from a friend, you MUST acknowledge your source with a citation saying where you got your quote or idea. In general, there is nothing wrong with borrowing other people's ideas, as long as you say you are doing this and you put these ideas into your own words. If you take a sentence directly from another source, identify it as a quote by putting it in quotation marks ("...") and then citing your source with a recognized form of academic citation. Not doing this is considered plagiarism, or cheating. If you have questions about what should be cited, consult the instructor or one of the student mentors.

We will not tolerate any unethical or dishonest behavior in this class. This would include plagiarism (using other people's work without saying you are doing so), signing in for another student or falsifying attendance in any way, copying another student's work, etc. The consequences for cheating may include immediate failure of the class.

While I prefer that you use the "Chicago" style of footnoting, I will accept any academically recognized form of footnoting or citation. Work in which the citation format is not in acceptable form may be returned for revision.