The final product of this course will be the research paper. This report is to be typewritten and at least 15 pages in length (this may include title page and reference page and pages must be numbered). This report is to be on standard 8.5” by 11” paper and must be printed in standard size type (oversized print will not be acceptable). The paper should be double spaced. You must follow the prescribed format, which is APA (an abstract is required). Further, it must contain a minimum of 5 references, which must include at least one (1) book other than a text book, one (1) professional journal article, and one (1) web site. Please see CANVAS for instructions on APA format as well as what professional journal articles are. You may also visit the HCC Academic Success Center for help with writing as well as use Smarthinking (See below). The HCC Librarians are also available to help you with appropriate literature research. The HCC library has several databases that will provide you with sources for your research.
This paper will be graded on spelling, grammar, and format as well as on content. If you do not use proper APA citation as well as proper grammar, spelling and format, you will lose points and will put an A out of reach. It is imperative that you do proper citation (this includes citing sources within the body of the paper – not just listing your sources at the end of the paper). You must give appropriate credit to sources in the body of your paper; otherwise, it is plagiarism.

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