Research Paper Instructions[shortposting]
The topic of the research paper will be any disease or condition of the body. The paper must include a thorough description of the disease/condition; current statistics of those affected; explanations on how the various body systems are affected; and any medications/treatments that are available, if any.
· The paper should be complete and the main body should be 1000-1500 words in length (excluding cover page, abstract, references, etc.).
· Utilize APA Style format and references. See the Owl at Purdue site for help with APA formatting principles: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
· Utilize at least five references (two of which must be from credible scientific organizations). You can use Internet articles, journals, text books, etc. In fact, I strongly recommend that you utilize the APUS Online Library for your research as they offer a plethora of reliable and pertinent research sources. You may access the Online Library by clicking on the “Online Library” link on the menu inside the electronic classroom. However, you should NEVER use Wikipedia for your research as anyone can alter the information on this site making it a poor source of accurate information.
· Utilize one inch margins on all sides.
· Double-space your paper.
· Use either an Arial or Times New Roman font in a 10 or 12 point font.
· Include a cover page, an abstract, page headers, in-text citations, and a reference page.
· Submit a high-quality paper, free of spelling and grammatical errors; use your Spelling and Grammar checker in Word AND proofread your final draft!!!
· Should be written in your own words; answers should not be copied from other sources – see section on plagiarism. Properly formatted in- text citations and references are required as noted above.
Students will be graded on format, content, and grammar using the SCIN132 Research Paper Grade Sheet.
The Research Paper will be worth 12% of your final course grade.
Points are allocated as follows (Total of 100 points):
A.Content/Subject Knowledge and Analysis – (65 points possible). Your paper should be pertinent to the subject matter and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject with an appropriate introduction, supporting paragraphs, and conclusions. The paper itself should be between 1000-1500 words (not including cover page, abstract, references, etc.). Your paper should be written in your own words using proper in-text citations when indicated. Please use the Policy link in the classroom to review theUniversity plagiarism policy. You should use a minimum of five current and reliable sources for your research.
B. Format – (20 points possible). Your paper should contain a cover page, an abstract, a main body and a reference page. References should be cited and properly listed in APA format. Whenever you write a paper based on the research of someone else’s work, you must give credit to the original author. If you do not cite and document your sources carefully, you run the risk of plagiarism. In addition, when you document papers correctly, you provide others with a way to find the sources you have used. I recommend you visit the following web site (The Owl at Purdue) to learn how to properly cite your sources in the APA format: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Your paper should be typewritten in double-spaced format using Arial or Times New Roman styles in a 10 or 12-point black font. All page margins (left, right, top, and bottom) should be set to 1 inch.
C. Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation – (15 points possible).
NOTE:You must submit your research paper as a “Microsoft Word” document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. type of document, otherwise you will not receive credit for your work.
NOTE: You must submit your research paper to the plagiarism detection website Turnitin, if your professor requires you to do so. You may not receive credit for your work if you do not submit your work to both the classroom and Turnitin, as instructed by your professor.
Please review the university-wide policy on Plagiarism in your student handbook and the section included in this syllabus. All research papers will be submitted to a plagiarism detection website so it is imperative that your papers are your original work in your original words. Don’t forget to utilize proper APA style in-text citations for any paraphrasing and/or direct quotes utilized in your papers. Less than 10% of your paper should contain direct quotes and you should refrain from writing in the first person in the main body of your formal papers. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire assignment, as well as notification of the Registrar’s Office who will determine the next course of action, so make sure the work is your own.