Helping your reader get the message Text Headings and titles Graphics Simple separators (lines and boxes) White space Figures and tables Titles of sections Titles of figures and tables Headings Serif – for longer blocks of text that are up close to the reader. Sans-serif – for text that will be projected or seen from a distance. Convert documents to PDF (Portable Document File) to preserve formatting. When sharing documents for review (before they are finalized), use Track Changes in MS Word – don’t convert to PDF until final draft. Document Font Paragraph indentation? Line spacing Integrated with text?? Where do labels go?? References Where on page? What font/type? Different for different sections? Tables and Figures Position Font & size & characteristics Main Text Start on right-facing pages? Use line or other graphic device? Headings and Subheadings Page Numbering Paper and covers Single-sided? Margins Sections Citations in parentheses in text? Reference list goes where? Abbreviations, Acronyms, Equations Include glossary? Where? Acronyms spelled out where? Mathematical variables explained where? Why? Set up a style sheet early in the process. Learn and use Track Changes!! Name files with date and your name. Agree early on division of labor for each assignment: research, writing, editing, graphics, etc. Stay in good contact with each other! Respect your own deadlines. Post project idea on Message Board by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Respond to at least one other person’s idea by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 9. You may change ideas based on feedback in lab and on message board. Post project topic in your own words, even if you plan to partner. Do state at end the name of potential partner. • Write a 2-3 sentence description of a real sustainability problem/issue in the region or on campus. • Name the experts whom you will interview for information on the problem and possible solutions. • Identify which grants you will apply for (see the posted RFPs). This first section of your proposal describes the sustainability problem you will study solutions for. The problem must be local and real. Identify experienced professionals who have some idea about the real problem and possible solutions. Base your description on: Interviews with the subject-matter expert (SME) Published sources of information Define sustainability on the basis of the actual problem/need AND your research.