The paper must be at least 10 pages in length, and no longer than it takes to adequately cover the topic. You must use at least 10 sources, not including the textbook. Most of the sources should be referred articles or scholarly books on the topic. Other sources should be used sparingly. (Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and “unknown” websites should not be used in a graduate level paper).
Research Paper Format
The research paper is recommended to contain the following components:
a. Title Page
The following information will be center on the title page:
· Title of the paper
· Student Name
· Course name, section number, and instructor
· University name
The title should clearly describe the issue addressed in the paper. The title should be professional, clear, and helpful to the reader. The title should not be “cute.” A cute title may attract attention for creative writings, but it will detract from the credibility of a paper in the scholarly arenas.
An abstract is a brief summary of a paper written primarily to allow potential readers to see if the paper contains information of sufficient interest for them to read. Abstracts have the designation “Abstract” centered near the top of the page. Next is the title, also centered, followed by a paragraph that precisely states the paper’s topic, research and analysis methods, and results and conclusions. The abstract should be written in one paragraph of no more than 150 words and unlike the paper is single spaced. An abstract is not an introduction; instead, it is a summary.
The format of the text of your paper is given below (under “Organization and Grading of Written Assignments). While an executive summary, outline page (in the final paper), and table of contents are not required for this assignment, you should know how to use them effectively. For a paper of this length chapter headings are not necessary. Since the paper is double spaced, additional spacing before and after the headings is unnecessary.