Jane Rels 2351 Research Saint Marys University Li
Paper Topic: “Life-long marriage is a thing of the past.” Agree or disagree?
Part I: Research Paper:
The paper (worth 20%) should be approximately 1500 words or 5-6 pages in length, typed and double spaced with one-inch margins. Attention should be given to grammar, sentence structure and spelling. I encourage you to take a position on the issue you are exploring if relevant, and argue for the position you take. Also, don’t forget to address the comments of your “opponents” on the issue as well if relevant. At the very lease you must do some kind of analysis in the paper. Do not just tell me what the research says; you must do something with the research in your paper. The final paper is due by midnight Friday April 10.
The paper will most likely be based on your presentation topic. However, if want to write and/or present on something different that you find more interesting and care about that is related to the course content, that is fine. You may also present on the suggested group topic, but write a research paper on a different topic if you wish. The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to go beyond the course readings in order to research issues of your choice relevant to the course in a little more depth than we do in the class. The other purpose is to generate and facilitate class discussion regarding issues relevant to the class. If you feel that your topic is a little out of the ordinary for the course, then please do consult me.
Academic References: please make sure you have at least Three ACADEMIC References in your research paper in addition to any references to the course readings you may wish to make. You may refer to course readings in your paper if you wish. And you may refer to non-academic sources if you wish (for example: newspaper articles or websites to illustrate a point). However, be sure that in addition to any non-academic sources or course readings you may use that you have at least three academic references. If you are in doubt at all about what counts as an academic reference, please see the following link on how to identify academic sources: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/instruct/guides/evalua…. And if you are ever in doubt about the status of a specific reference you have found, please email it to me.
Criteria for Grading: This assignment will be marked both on content and style.
“Content” includes such elements as originality and pertinence of the topic and examples chosen, coherence of argument, judgment, use of your own references as well as course readings and classroom material, etc.
“Style” includes clarity of expression, organization of the argument, grammar, syntax, spelling, and fidelity to the citation style noted below.
When referring to outside sources, it is essential to document these through recognized citation style methods (parenthetical notation, footnote, endnote, etc.) You are free to use whichever citation style you are accustomed to; just make sure you use it properly and consistently. If you are not accustomed to any particular citation style I suggest for this paper you use parenthetical notation style e.g. (Casanova 1994, 194).
Late Penalty: There will be a penalty of 5% per day for late papers. If you are going to be late, PLEASE contact me before the deadline. The only reason for missing a deadline is an illness or a personal crisis. In both cases, you are required to document your reason for being late. Again, please contact the instructor before the deadline passes if you are going to be late.
Required for all assignments: 1. Back up your work frequently. Computer problems are NOT acceptable excuses for late assignments.
Plagiarism: All students registered in the courses of the Faculty of Arts are expected to know what constitutes an academic offense, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for their academic actions. When the commission of an offense is established, disciplinary penalties will be imposed in accord with university policy. If you need help in learning how to avoid offenses such as plagiarism, cheating and double submission, or if you need clarification of aspects of the discipline policy, ask your course instructor for guidance. Other resources regarding the discipline policy are your academic advisor; the appropriate departmental chair and ultimately the Discipline Advisor for the university. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to understand what an academic offense is.
Below is a very helpful link from the University of Indiana on how to avoid plagiarism. It is very good at illustrating improper forms of paraphrasing, and other subtle forms of plagiarism you must avoid. It is very short. Please read this carefully.