Do you move smoothly from one paragraph to
Do you support your conclusions with solid
evidence - research data, examples, statistics?
Do you have a good mix of evidence - quotes
from experts, scientific data, personal experiences, historical
Do you have a solid introduction and
Have you explained your subject thoroughly?
(Don't assume that readers have more knowledge than they
actually do. Remember: You're familiar with the topic, but now
you've spend weeks on it. Just because something is now obvious
to you doesn't mean your readers will know what you're talking
Have you convinced your readers that your
thesis is valid?
Does your last paragraph successfully
summarize the entire paper and effectively "close" your