For your research paper you will argue for or against any of the following topics:
abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, euthanasia, right to privacy, same-sex marriage, school choice, welfare reform
4. Research Paper (22%)
The Research paper is worth a total of 220 points: Choosing a topic: 10 points; Bibliography: 10 points; Outline: 10 points; First paragraph: 20 points; Final paper: 170 points
Requirements: The body of the research paper–not including the title page and bibliography–must be 4-5 pages, typewritten (Times New Roman font, size 12), and double-spaced. If you have posted the outline and bibliography to the Discussion Board they do not need to be included with your paper. However, if you have added or deleted sources from your bibliography since it was posted please include the revised bibliography with your paper.
You are required to use at least four articles that are in databases available under the Electronic Databases link on the NCC Library website. APA or MLA style may be used for in-text citations and the bibliography. No abstract or title page is required for the research paper.
You are not permitted to use books for the research paper unless the complete book is in electronic form, in which case put [e-book] next to the citation in your bibliography. A bibliography is a listing of the bibliographic citations of the sources that you will use for the research paper. For each source list the author of the article, title of the article, title of the journal, date, etc—an example appears below.
Author’s last name, Author’s initials (Year of publication). Article title. Journal title, Volume number (Issue number), pages of article. doi (Digital Object Identifier) or URL of the journal home page
Sample citation using APA format:
Wolf, J. P. (2007). Sociological Theories of Poverty in Urban America. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 16(1/2), 41–56. doi:10.1300/J137v16n01_04.
Hint: In the Academic OneFile database look for where it says Limit the current search and then check the box below for limiting to articles with full text only. Please call the NCC Library Information Desk if you need assistance: 203-857-7379.
Logging on to Academic OneFile:
Go to the College library website at: [http://norwalkcc.libguides.com/Homepage] and then click on Databases off Campus
Points: The research paper will comprise 17 percent (170 points) of your final grade. An additional 50 points will be given over a period of weeks for selecting a topic for the paper, writing a bibliography, an outline, and an introductory paragraph.
The outline should contain headings for the major points in the paper and subheadings for the minor ones. Headings may be ordered by indentation, numerals and/or letters.
For your research paper you may use footnotes, endnotes or include (author, date) in the text. A bibliography should always be included.
Grading: The research paper will be evaluated on content, grammar, and composition. Points will be deducted from the final research paper if you include paper books, Internet sites or sources other than what is found in databases that are part of the Library website.
Submission: Please submit the paper using the Assignments tool. All other parts of the research paper (the topic, bibliography, outline, and introductory paragraph) should be submitted to the Research Paper Discussion Board.
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