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The Essentials of Writing

The Hamilton College Style Sheet

Acknowledging the Help of Others

Many instructors encourage students to help one another with their writing.  Another person's perception of and reaction to a piece of writing can help you to identify problems and mistakes you cannot see by yourself. 

Although collaboration is encouraged in many courses, some courses, some disciplines and some instructors place limits on it or do not permit it at all. If you are uncertain whether a given instructor permits or encourages you to receive help from classmates, ask. Some instructors not only permit such assistance but give extra credit to students who are frequently and specifically acknowledged.

The Honor Code at Hamilton requires that you acknowledge whatever help you receive.

One way to do so is to create an acknowledgments section, where you  explain who helped you and what kind of help you received. Here is an example:

Acknowledgments:

My thanks to Rebecca Fabricant for reading my second draft and making suggestions. Rebecca also suggested a change in the organization of the paper.