Your research paper is to be written following APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines. The paper must be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5×11 inches) with margins of one inch on all sides. It should have a minimum of 1,250 words (usually 4-5 pages), excluding the title page, abstract, and reference page. While APA standards allow similar fonts, my requirement is Times Roman with size 12 font. The paper is to be typed in Microsoft Word. You cannot submit your paper using Microsoft Works, Corel Word Perfect, or as a “pdf” document. Additionally, your paper should be written in the 3rd person (avoiding 1st and 2nd person statements, such as sentences that include “I”, “we”, or “you”).
A minimum of three references is required and will be listed on your reference page. Your references should come from research journals, book publications, documented articles. Only one internet resource is acceptable as long as it is properly referenced. I will not accept any references from the online Wikipedia.
Your paper will be graded on ten areas:
Title Page
Abstract
Introduction
Body or Discussion
Conclusion
References
Organization
Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
APA Format
Paper Length
Note: TurnItIn will be used to determine the degree of originality of your paper.
Turnitin is the software used to detect plagiarism in written papers. Your paper will be assigned a “Similarity Index” based on the database. The lower your similarity score the greater is your originality. If you copy material from any source it will be cited in the report. Any paper judged by Turn-it-In to have a similarity score of 50%-70% will receive a “zero” for the “Body or Discussion” section of the paper. Any paper receiving 75% or more similarity index may receive a “zero” for the assignment.

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