Writing a Research Paper

Writing a Research Paper – Final Paper

 

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Objective

Based on your part I and part II, you will develop a final draft of your research paper. In this assignment, the objective is to improve your paper further regarding:

· evaluating the sources and selecting appropriate ones

· properly citing and referencing your sources

· avoiding plagiarism by properly paraphrasing, summarizing or quoting sources

· organizing the research results into a final paper

· locating quantitative data with visual formats (e.g., graphs, tables) that support your argument

 

Assignment

In the final draft of the research paper, you need to add more content to improve your first draft from part II by:

· developing your discussion on your research topic further based on your searches

· quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing original sources

· citing your sources in-text and creating a reference list at the end of your final paper

· including various types of sources (required types of sources: scholarly journal articles, web articles, books).

· statistical information with either graphs or tables format to support your points

· a description of the graphs or tables in the text with citations

 

Format

· Develop a final paper with at least 8 pages (excluding references).

· Use 12 point font, Times New Roman, double space

· Create MS-Word document file.

· Use the format below to organize your final research paper.

· Submit your assignment via Blackboard.

 

Citation and References

In-text citation and references are required in this assignment. You should properly cite sources based on APA format.

 

 

 

Grading Rubric (15% of course grade)

 

 

Exceeds Standard

 

Meets Standard

 

Approaches Standard

 

Needs attention

 

Relevance and Quality of Information Sources

20 points

 

Information sources highly relevant to the project or paper’s scope.

 

Information sources appear to be mostly relevant to the project or paper’s scope.

 

Information sources appear to be of limited relevance to the project or paper’s scope.

 

Information sources do not appear to be relevant to the project or paper’s scope.

 

Types of Information Sources

10 points

 

Includes at least 5 required types of sources: (a) scholarly journal articles, (b) web articles, and (c) books

 

Includes at least 4 required types of sources: (a) scholarly journal articles, (b) web articles, and (c) books

 

Includes at least 3 required types of sources: (a) scholarly journal articles, (b) web articles, and (c) books

 

Includes at least 2 required types of sources: (a) scholarly journal articles, (b) web articles, and (c) books

 

Visual data sources

10 points

 

Visual data is presented as a graph or a table that supports your discussion. A description of how the graph or table demonstrates your position is provided. The APA format in-text citation and reference are given.

 

Visual data is presented as a graph or a table. It either does not support your discussion or the in-text citation and reference were not given.

 

Visual data is unrelated to research topic.

 

No visual data sources given.

 

Discussion

30 points

 

Develop discussion of the research question by organizing, synthesizing and discussing data from information sources.

 

Develop discussion of the research question by organizing and discussing data from information sources.

 

Develop discussion of the research question by attempting to organize and discuss data from information sources.

 

Discussion not on topic and randomly written.

 

Citation Format

10 points

 

All cited sources in the paper and the references are in APA style.

 

Most cited sources in the paper and the references are APA style. There are fewer than 10 mistakes.

 

Attempted to cite sources in the paper and the references using APA style. There are more than 10 mistakes.

 

No in-text citations or reference list given.

 

Conclusion

20 points

 

Summarizes an answer to the research question using supporting details to justify the answer. At least eight sentences to provide a complete argument.

 

Summarizes an answer to the research question using supporting details to justify the answer. At least four sentences to provide a complete argument.

 

Attempts to answer the research question.

 

No conclusion or conclusion unrelated to research question.

 

Use the following format and headings/sub-headings to write your final paper.

 

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Part III: Final research paper

[Research Paper Title]

[Student Name]

[Course Number, CRN; Class Time; Instructor’s Name]

 

I. Introduction

A. Research question and objectives

Present your research question and provide a good description on your research objectives with at least 10 sentences.

B. Background of your research idea

Provide a description on the history of the main concepts in your research topic with at least 4 sentences with citations. Include in-text citations and references.

 

II. Sub-topic 1

A. Two paragraphs using supporting details from outline.

III. Sub-topic 2

A. Two paragraphs using supporting details from outline.

IV. Sub-topic 3

A. Two paragraphs using supporting details from outline.

V. Sub-topic 4

A. Two paragraphs using supporting details from outline.

VI. Sub-topic 5

A. Two paragraphs using supporting details from outline.

VII. Conclusion

Summarizes an answer to the research question using supporting details to justify the answer. At least eight sentences to provide a complete argument.

 

VIII. References

Create references on a separate page. See the module 7 and ODU Library page for formatting of references: http://guides.lib.odu.edu/cite

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Visual data should be inserted in the appropriate sub-topic paragraph(s) to support your argument.

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