When preparing and writing the research paper, you must be attentive to the following basic requirements. There is a Research Paper Guidelines link in the Course Home menu and on the research paper assignment page in the Modules 3 and 7. It is imperative that you read and follow these guidelines to ensure a good grade. Included in the guidelines is a Research Paper Self-Assessment Checklist to assist students in evaluating the quality of the paper before submitting it for grading. The Research Paper Self-Assessment Checklist items are also listed below.
1) A research paper involves both the gathering of information and developing a student’s own interpretation of that information. The student must stay focused on his or her chosen topic and rely upon his or her sources for information about that topic. While a student’s own opinions about a topic are an important part of any research process, the student must be able to support his or her conclusions by direct reference to sources.
2) The writing must be clear and logical and as free of spelling and grammatical errors as possible. A student should never submit a paper without rereading and proofing it. It may even be necessary to get someone to assist in this process by having him or her read the paper and check for these mistakes. The student should not fail to run spell-check on his or her writing.
Please remember that easily correctable spelling and grammatical mistakes left uncorrected will result in significant loss of points.
3) This paper requires MLA formatting that includes:
a. 12-point font / Times New Roman
b. doubles spaced sentences
c. title and personal identification
d. a separate Works-Cited page properly formatted
e. specific bibliographical form for print and electronic sources in the Works-Cited
f. a specific form for parenthetical (in-text) citations of the sources listed in the Works-Cited
g. Minimum word count 1200 words
The student will be graded on how well his or her style conforms to the above basic requirements in MLA.
4) The Works-Cited must include no less than four (4) sources. Those sources must be relevant to the topic and meet minimum academic qualifications. The acceptable types of sources include the following:
a. class text
b. print or electronic book
c. electronic peer-reviewed journal article
d. website with a .edu address
5) Certain sources do not qualify for Works-Cited. You will penalized if you use them. These are:
b. standard dictionary or encyclopedia (web or paper)
c. any website not .edu
**Please remember that any source listed in your Works-Cited that does not meet the above criteria will not count towards the minimum number of required sources.
6) For every source listed in the Works-Cited you must have at least one corresponding parenthetical (in-text) reference. This will demonstrate how you have used the source.
Also you should remember that any source not accompanied by at least one parenthetical reference (and any parenthetical reference not associated with a source in the Works-Cited) will not count towards the minimum number of required sources.
7) Research papers will undergo review by Turn-it-in which will be embedded into the Learning Studio drop box.