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Your term paper should be on the same topic as your seminar and the content should be very similar. All of the points listed under the content guidelines for your seminar also apply to your term paper, except that you may be able to include some additional information in your term paper. Make sure to include two examples from recent scientific literature. Your term paper should be about 15 pages long (excluding references) and double-spaced (12-point; 2.5 cm margins). Make sure to include figures, which should be inserted where appropriate in the text, rather than at the end of your paper. You should include a figure legend, which you should write in your own words. If you have copied a figure from the literature or the web, you should give the reference number in the figure legend. There should be an up-to-date bibliography at the end of the paper. The complete reference, including title should be given. You can use a format for the references similar to that of the Journal of Clinical Investigation or some other similar journal. Each of the references should be cited in the text (as a number) where appropriate, using brackets or superscripts, as in a journal article. If you use material from the web, this should also be cited and the web address should be included in the reference list.


You should not rely on books or manuals as your only source of information. It is important to search for recent references using PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, or Google Scholar.


You will receive written feedback from the faculty by E-Mail after you present your seminar. When you prepare your term paper it is very important that carefully address all of the points raised by the faculty.


In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded. This does not apply to courses in which acquiring proficiency in a language is one of the objectives.


Term papers should be written in your own words. Sentences or paragraphs should not be copied directly from articles written by others (e.g. a published review). Students will be penalized for copying material verbatim from other sources and will lose marks, even to the extent of receiving a mark of "0" for your term paper for serious offenses. All students should be aware of the McGill regulations regarding plagiarism. Please see the message from McGill and refer to the following web page for further information: