FORMAT – Your research project must conform to the requirements set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2nd printing, October 2009), also known as the APA Publications Manual. The paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font (Times New Roman), with one-inch margins at the top, bottom, left, and right of each page. From a content standpoint, all that is required for this course is a title page, Abstract, the body of the paper (15-18 pages), and references page(s). If the student chooses to include appendices or tables of information, these should also conform to the APA Publications Manual. Points will be deducted if these requirements are not met. APA requires that papers be written in third-person perspective.
GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND PUNCTUATION – While this is not an English course, students are expected to ensure that their work is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. Therefore, students should carefully proofread their papers before turning them in for a grade. It is always helpful in this regard to ask someone else to read the paper for you. A fresh pair of eyes will often catch errors you have overlooked. Points will be deducted on papers that have obviously not been carefully proofread. Also, to make your paper easier to read, be sure that sentences are not too long. Complex-compound sentences tend to make it difficult for the reader to follow your discussion. One point will be deducted for every ten spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors in your paper. Spelling and word usage will be verified using the current edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (standard spelling reference of the APA [see paragraph 4.12]). Grammar and punctuation will be verified using the guidelines contained in Chapters Three and Four of the APA Manual.
ATTRIBUTION TO SOURCE – It is essential that in any research paper each piece of information presented be properly attributed to its source. If the information you are presenting in the paper is not your original thought, or is not common knowledge, it should be attributed to its source. Any paper turned in without a single attribution to source (parenthetical references within the text in proper APA format) will automatically lose 100 points.
REFERENCES – Your list of references should include, at a minimum, fifteen secondary sources you have consulted in your research. should notthe original source cited in the textbook as it will often contain additional information that may prove useful. All of your sources must be obtained through the Webster University online library resource.
PLEASE NOTE: Google is not an adequate research tool for academic research. In fact, internet searches will often take you to non-academic information resources such as Wikipedia.com, Ask.com, Encarta.msn.com, Infoplease.com, etc. You should not use such sources in your academic research because they do not come under a formal oversight or peer-review process. To the extent possible, your research should rely on scholarly publications such as books and peer-reviewed academic journals. Further, remember that you are responsible for the accuracy of any facts you present in your assignments and, therefore, should confirm the veracity of information you find on non-academic sources through further research.
PLAGIARISM – You will be required to submit your research project to Turnitin, which is now integrated into the WorldClassRoom and is available for each assignment. You should ensure that your project receives a minimum of “green” (less than 23% of the paper verbatim from sources). Contact me if you are having difficulty with getting your paper to turn “green”.