You have either chosen or been assigned a topic on which research has been conducted recently and/or currently. Your mission is to conduct RECENT/CURRENT research that is published (within the last 5 years) in legitimate peer-reviewed articles (at least 5 articles). Read the section on my homepage entitled “what is a legitimate peer-reviewed reference.” At the end of the article you will find an extensive list of reference citations. DISREGARD the “peer reviewed” filter on the search engine or data base. Many of the results that you get from these filters ARE NOT peer reviewed. Judge them the old fashioned way; actually look at the article to see if it is actually peer reviewed. Most of the points missed on these research projects are due to the use of inappropriate references (not peer reviewed, too old, wrong format, etc), and improper citation of references. Your document, and the references that you use and cite must be CURRENT, which we will define this semester as being published within the last FIVE years.
You MUST format your document in either AMA or APA format, NOT MLA. Check out the “Additional Information” link for some information on these formats. The only components of the document for which you must apply this formatting are: 1. in-text citations, and 2. end of document references (citations).
Plagiarism: DON’T DO IT! You CAN be flunked, suspended or even expelled. Conduct your research then write the document using your own words! We use a computer tool that compares your text to virtually all published documents. If you plagiarize you will be caught. You may include quoted text. However, there are a few rules that you must follow: 1. Quotes must make up no more than 20% of your document text. 2. Include in-text citation for each quote. 3. All quotes must be fitted with quotation marks, AND must be underlined.
* The body of the paper NOT including the references, or heading info. must contain AT LEAST 1500 words
* Include the word count on the paper! …just as you do for lab summaries.
* Properly type written, computer generated, correct spelling, sentence structure, black type, standard 12 point font.
*References/citations: see the rules above and in the document on my webpage entitled “What is a legitimate peer-reviewed reference.” Not following these is expensive.
*If you use a reference from the net you must include an active link = if I cant open the link then the reference does not exist.
* These MUST be emailed in the same manner as lab summaries AND as attachments (both ways).
* DUE DATE: MUST BE EMAILED TO ME by class time of the last Tuesday of the last FULL week of classes.
* If in doubt ASK!
Follow all of the instructions if you expect me to grade and assign credit for your project.