Competency 105.2.3: Documenting Sources – The graduate documents sources consistently and accurately.
Competency 105.3.2: Writing as a Process – The graduate applies a process approach to creating effective writings for different audiences and purposes.
Writing a research paper gives you an opportunity to explore a topic of special interest, to research that topic, and to formally organize your research findings in writing for an academic audience.
Through your preparation work, you have established an argumentative thesis statement and have planned a clear organization of your main points. Your research is complete, and the details have been worked into your writing plan. You have pulled it all together in a draft and have revised the paper’s organization, ideas, and words.
In this task you will write the final draft of your paper. Aim for a polished, error-free submission. The writing tone for your research paper should be formal and appropriate for academic writing. The information in the essay should be based on credible source material. The paper must follow APA documentation guidelines, and any sources that you cite in the paper must be included in the reference list. Likewise, any source in the reference list must also be cited in your paper. This is to ensure there is a reference provided for every in-text citation.
Note: An abstract is not required for this task, but we suggest that you include a title page.
A. Provide a final copy of your research paper (suggested length 10–15 pages) that incorporates the revisions you made. (Please name this file with the date of submission and the word “Final.”) Provide the following in your final draft:
• Provide effective introductory context.
• Introduce your thesis statement.
• Preview the main points that you will cover in the body of your paper.
a. Develop each of the main points in effective paragraphs with support from a variety of sources.
b. Use at least 10 credible sources effectively in your paper.
• Restate the thesis statement.
• Summarize the main points of your research paper.
4. Reference List
a. Include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable Document Format) files.
Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.
Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.