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1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.
2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.
3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.
EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items?
Tiffany Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Topics: Research Paper The research paper is due in class on Tuesday, December 2nd. You can print it and submit a paper copy, or email it to me by the beginning of class on the due date. No late papers will be accepted. Paper Topic Here are some suggested topics. You are not limited to the list below. I encourage you to create your own topic. • Campus Crime. • Child Abuse. • Cybercrime. • Domestic Violence. • Elder Abuse. • Environmental Crime. • Hate Crime. • Homicide. • Human Trafficking. • Identity Theft. • Juvenile Delinquency. • Organizational Crime. • Prostitution. • Robbery. • Sex Offenses. • Terrorism. • Theft and Shoplifting. • White-Collar Crime. • Wildlife Crime. • Criminal Courts. • Drug Courts. • Felon Disenfranchisement • Juvenile Justice • Offender Reentry • Racial Profiling • Restorative Justice • Wrongful Conviction • Youth Gangs
The Writing Process How should I start? Laws address problems in our society. Start by exploring a topic that interests you and identify a problem. Discuss how the law has attempted to address that problem and evaluate the solutions to see if they are effective. Make suggestions of your own. Let me know what you think. How will I grade your paper? I will grade based on content, organization, readability, and grammar.
Content includes your ideas as well as your research. o Organization includes external transitions (section to section) and internal transitions (paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence). o Readability means how well the paper flows. Avoid wordiness and the passive voice. o Grammar includes spelling and other grammar errors including subject-verb agreement. Please write your paper in third person. You should always avoid using personal pronouns such as you and I in a researched paper. To state your opinion, you could use a phrase like "the author suggests".
Grading Rubric: Content 125 Organization 25 Readability 25 Grammar 25 Total possible points: 200 How long does this need to be? Your paper should include five to seven pages. APA style also requires a Cover Page, Abstract and a References page with a list of your sources. The cover page, abstract and references page do not count toward the five to seven pages. Your paper should be double spaced and Times New Roman 12 point font with 1 inch margins. Sources At least five references are required for this paper. I recommend going to the SAC library and beginning your research there. Speak with a reference librarian to get started. The SAC online library is also a fantastic resource for accessing databases with journal articles on your topic. What is APA Style? For writing tips and information on the APA style, check out the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/. Also, as a SAC student, you can ALWAYS get help at the SAC Writing Center, Gonzales Hall, room 203. Here’s a link for more information about the Writing Center: http://alamo.edu/sac/wctr/. Plagiarism Do not plagiarize (copying or using the work of others without giving them credit). Use parenthetical citations within your paper to document all quotations, ideas, and opinions that are not yours. Your parenthetical citations should match up with the references on the References page. Avoid long quotations. I read your writing… not what another author has written.