An additional assignment to this class is writing a research paper. Even though this paper is due later in the semester, you do not want to wait until the last week to put this together.
This paper should be from 3-4 pages long (not including reference page), written in Times New Roman, 12 point Font, double-spaced with margins of 1-inch on top, bottom, left, and right. Place your name,title, and datein the center of the paper one inch below the top margin. Your paper should begin two lines below this information.
Please provide references (at least four different sources) on a separate page at the end of your paper. I would like you to follow APA guidelines for your references (these can be found on the Internet by searching APA guidelines).APA examples will be given on how to reference an article from a web site or an article from the library, a textbook etc.
For your topic, please choose a subject of interest to you from our EHDC textbook. Find a disease or disease process that you are interested in knowing more about. Maybe you know someone with a certain disease and you would like to understand this better.
Papers will be graded on your ability to write professionally as well as the information that it contains. Be sure that you use good grammar and spelling skills. I have included a rubric below which I will use in grading your paper.
I have included additional information on writing a research paper that you may find helpful.
WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER
A term research paper is primarily a record of readings from several sources on a particular subject.
The procedure for writing such a report consists of the following steps:
1. Choosing a subject(a topic that you are interested in learning more about)
2. Finding sources of materials(This is where you will research looking for articles, books etc)
3. Gathering the notes(Put your information together)
4. Outlining the paper(An outline may be helpful in getting you organized and started)
5. Writing the first draft
1. Write the paper around the outline, being sure that you indicate in the first part of the paper what its purpose is.
2. Follow the old formula:
1. Tell the reader what you are going to say (statement of purpose)
2. Say it (main body of the paper)
3. Tell the reader what you’ve said (statement of summary and conclusion)
6. Editing the paper
1. Read it as if it were cold and unfamiliar to you. It is a good idea to do this a day or two after having written the first draft.
2. Reading the paper aloud is a good way to be sure that the language is not awkward, and that it “flows” properly.
3. Check for proper spelling, phrasing and sentence construction. Be sure that pronouns clearly refer to nouns.
4. Check for proper form on footnotes, quotes, and punctuation.
Exemplary Good Acceptable Unacceptable Possible
Purpose and Focus Establishes and maintains clear focus; evidence of distinctive voice and/or appropriate tone Focused on a purpose; evidence voice and/or suitable tone An attempt to establish and maintain purpose and communicate with the audience Limited awareness of audience and/or purpose 50
Development of Ideas Depth and complexity of ideas supported by pertinent details; evidence analysis, reflection and insight Depth of idea development supported by elaborated, relevant details Unelaborated idea development; unelaborated and/or repetitious details Minimal idea development, limited and/or unrelated details 40
References Use and citation of references (4 or more)within the paper indicate substantial research Use and citation of references (3-4) within the paper indicate ample research Some references (2-3) used and cited within the paper indicate some research done. Few references (2 or fewer) used and cited within the paper indicate weak research. 30
Organization Careful and/or suitable organization Logical organization Lapses in focus and/or coherence Random or weak organization 20
Sentence Structure Variety of sentence structure and length Controlled and varied sentence structure Simplistic and/or awkward sentence structure Incorrect or lack of topic and/or ineffective wording and/or sentence structure 20
Grammar and Formatting The writing is free of errors Few errors in grammar or format relative to length and complexity Some errors in grammar and/or format that do not interfere with communication Errors in grammar and format (e.g., spelling, punctuation, capitalization, headings) 20
Length, Margins, Font, Spacing Paper is the number of pages specified in the assignment, followed guidelines with correct margins, font, double-spaced Paper has more or fewer pages than specified in the assignment 20