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Geog. 115: Comparisons Between Hurricane Katrina And Hurricane Harvey

Geog. 115 Term Paper 100 points

Term Paper Topic and Guidelines

Date Assigned: Midnight (12 am), December 26, 20177

Due Date: 10:00 pm, Monday, January 8, 2018. This date is firm!


NOTE All students are expected to turn in a term paper to satisfy the compulsory general education requirement for Area IB courses. The topic and instructions for writing the paper are outlined in the term paper guideline document, available in the Term Paper Folder. There is no make-up for the term paper. YOUR FINAL GRADE IN THE COURSE WILL BE REDUCED BY A LETTER GRADE IF YOU DO NOT TURN IN THE TERM PAPER. NO EXCEPTIONS .

You will satisfy the writing requirement for this course by submitting a term paper that is at least 2,000 words in length on ONE the following topics.

Topic: Comparisons between Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey

Two of the most devastating hurricanes that made landfalls in the United States in recent times are Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. Compare them by addressing the variables listed below.

1. Year of occurrence

2. Describe the path from formation to landfall

3. Category on the Saffir-Simpson’s scale

4. Where it made landfall

5. Any unusual features about the hurricane

6. Reason(s) why it made news headlines

7. Provide detailed description of their impacts; e.g. fatalities, property damage ($), economic losses,

8. Reponses by Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs), etc.


1. Divide the paper into subsections with subheadings. Do not modify the title of the paper

2. The paper should be at least 2,000 words. The word count does not include the title page, table of content and the bibliography. Any paper turned in not meeting this requirement won’t be graded. If you are in doubt of the number of words in your document, use the word count feature in Microsoft Word to check. Write the total number of words at the bottom of the paper. The title page, Table of Contents and the list of Works Cited do not count towards the 2,000 words.

3. Remember this is a science term paper so a scientific paper style is expected. QUOTES ARE NOT ALLOWED. You are required to read widely and analyze the work of others, using as many sources as you can (books, journals, newspapers, reports, web etc.), synthesizing information from all the source materials and presenting it in your own words.

4. Your sources should include a minimum of five journal articles , and all sources should be appropriately referenced. Both in-text and citation referencing (to be found under the heading “Works Cited” at the end of the paper) should be done as shown in the sample article. Newspaper articles do not count.

5. You are allowed to use figures for illustrations, but they only have to be referenced in the body of the document. All supporting figures and tables should be adequately labeled and must be attached to the document as appendix

6. Use the TremPaperTurnitin link in the TERM PAPER Folder to submit an electronic copy of your paper.

7. The paper will be assessed on organization, coverage of the materials, clarity and accuracy of content, consistency of style and format, plagiarism, ability to synthesize information from various sources and present it in a logical manner.

8. A template for the cover page is provided on the next page


The university views cheating and plagiarism seriously. By submitting a paper, you are declaring that you wrote it and no one else. Turnitin checks for plagiarism. You will be penalized for plagiarism as follows:

0 – 10% plagiarism: no penalty

11-20%: one point penalty for each percentage of plagiarism

21- 30%: two points for each percentage of plagiarism

31-40%: three points penalty for each percentage of plagiarism

41-50%: four points penalty for each percentage of plagiarism

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