In their research paper, students will explore, in depth, a subject from the course materials that is of interest. Students should combine their own thoughtful analysis of the topic with information from a minimum of ten recent sources (within the last three years). Students should keep in mind, however, that this is to be an analytical paper, and not a summary of their reading.
For guidance in how to prepare a research paper, consult The New Century Handbook. As you prepare your research paper you also will want to be mindful of the following guidelines:
Your topic must be related to the course of study and must be approved by your instructor before submitting a final project.
You must cite the sources of all ideas, facts, and information you use that are not your own, even if you have put the information into your own words. Failure to do so is plagiarism, even if the oversight is unintentional. See The New Century Handbook for a detailed explanation of proper APA author-page documentation format.
Supporting your thesis is central to the task of writing a research paper. In scholarly writing, you are not merely copying information from another author, but using evidence to support the contentions you have drawn from your findings and critical analysis of related literature.
Your research paper must be 12 to 15 pages in length and include a cover page (your name, title of assignment, date, course number, and course title.
Your research paper must be word-processed, double-spaced, with 11- or 12-point font and one-inch margins.
Your paper must contain an annotated Works Cited page. Each reference to be used in support of the research paper’s argument is to be annotated. The criticism, explanation, or general comments about each source should be limited to a few sentences. Each source should be identified by author, title, place published, publisher, date, and pages in proper APA format.
You must retain at least one copy of your final research project in case the first copy is lost or misplaced. We recommend that you also retain your research notes so that if a question arises as to an actual source and its location, you will be able to address that question in a timely manner.
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