following applies to all papers and action assignments. Where it says “papers”
only, it is to be understood that the guidelines also apply to action
instructions in this section are applicable to all papers and action assignments
written for this course. In addition to these guidelines you will find
instructions that are specific to the papers assigned in the assignment areas.
often confusion about what is expected in a college level research paper.
sometimes because the focus is a bit different. College level writing is
designed to help you learn to gather data, analyze it and then present it in a
form that is convincing to your reader. You will be doing this throughout your
professional/business life and it is my desire to help you become a better
writer. See Writing in College at
papers written for this course are research papers. A research is not just a
paper full of facts taken from a book or other source; that is a book report.
It is a paper for which you have done some preliminary reading and established a
thesis about your topic. Be sure to establish your thesis and base your papers
on research. The thesis should be in the first paragraph. If you are
unfamiliar with research papers the following websites may help you.
papers must be written and cited in APA format**.
for Writing Research Papers based on styles Recommended by APA
Research Papers: A Step-by-Step Procedure
Grammar & Writing by Professor Charles Darling
Online Writing Lab (OWL)
RESEARCH PAPER FORMAT
format and citation method is required for all papers**
writing research papers is learning to locate and critique sources of
information to support your thesis. For all assigned research papers you must
have a minimum of ten (10) resources that you locate and critique. Please see
next sections for further information on resources. Citation using APA format
is required (both intext notation and a reference list. I do not require a
ACCEPTABLE RESOURCES FOR USE IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH
doing research you must consult a variety of sources from which to obtain
information. A paper with one or two resources is not a research paper...it is
a book report and you will not get a good grade on such a paper.
minimum number of resources for a paper is ten (10). General encyclopedia (this
includes online encyclopedia such as Encarta, Grolier and others) and
dictionaries are NOT accepted as resources. You may NOT use the textbook as one
of the required references (you may use the textbook as a reference, but it
cannot be included as one of the 10).
Resources used in college level research should be academic in nature.
"Academic in nature" means that the resource would have been reviewed by others
(peers) for accuracy and tested for validity (peer review). Sources such as
encyclopedia (including online encyclopedia), magazines, dictionaries,
newspapers and other media (including CNN, PBS, etc.) and other such
publications that are not academic in nature should never appear in your list of
references. They can be used to get an idea of what you wish to research, but
should not be used as sources to support your work and they should not appear in
your list of references. The following site will explain acceptable resources
Research &Resources by D. Reiss
THE INTERNET FOR RESEARCH
Internet can be a wonderful resource; however, it can be your downfall if not
used correctly. There are some wonderful works to be found there, but there is
also a lot of plagiarized material and 'junk'.
the following rules if you wish to use a source from the Internet.
must be able to identify the author (a person's name). Often when using a
search engine, it will take you to one of many pages within a website. If you
cannot trace back through the site to locate the author, you may NOT use the
material as a resource. The author's name must be included in the reference
material must come from an academically acceptable resource. This can be an
education site, a government or organization site or other site that contains
material that would have been academically/peer reviewed for accuracy (such as a
personal website of an academic authority on which he/she publishes a paper).
Do NOT use papers that have been done by other students and put online
(carefully check the author at .edu sites to be sure that he/she is faculty and
not a student).
citing your Internet resources, provide two links in the citation: one to the
actual material cited and one to the homepage or other page that identifies the
author. CHECK YOUR LINKS
in your reference section of your papers before submitting them. If I click on
a link (I check all links) and it does not work, you lose credit for the source.
following sites may be very helpful to you in your selection of sites to use in
your research if you use the Internet.
Treasure: How to Evaluate Internet Resources
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
CITING YOUR PAPERS
papers must be cited using APA format. Uncited papers will be returned to you
unread and no grade will be given. Citations must be intext and include a
reference list as well. (Only resources actually used in the paper are to be
following website may be helpful to you. It gives the correct format for citing
main site is at http://www.apastyle.org
Berkeley Library: Style Sheets for Citing Internet & Electronic Resources'
No quotes are to be used in your papers and no copy/paste regardless of whether
they are cited or not. All work must be in your own words. Any paper found to
be plagiarized will receive a grade of -0- and no resubmission will be allowed
for the first incident. Any student who plagiarizes
twice will be given a failing grade for the entire course.
sites you have been given below, will give you information about plagiarism. If
you have any questions about plagiarism or what constitutes plagiarism, please
are scanned for plagiarism using software that identifies it from both online
work and many texts. This is because many are plagiarizing without
understanding how or why. It is important that we help you understand this
concept as it will follow you into the business or professional world, where it
is very unacceptable. The following sites will help you to understand
Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington
Plagiarism by Sharon Williams of Hamilton College
Plagiarism from UCDavis Student Judicial Affairs
(Purdue University Online Writing Lab) Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism? Georgetown University Honor Council
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