Oes North Korea truly desire war with the U.S.?
Research Paper Guidelines
for Political Science 105, 271, and 330.
The research papers for PSCI 105, 271, and 330 will be graded on the basis of the following criteria. (1) the degree to which the paper offers a compelling and convincing argument, in the view of the instructor, (2) the extent to which the paper adheres to the written guidelines specified below, and (3) the quality of writing displayed in the paper.
The first criterion, the degree to which the paper offers a compelling and convincing argument will be measured by the paperas logic, the strength of the evidence it presents, and the quality and quantity of the materials it uses. The second and third criteria will be measured by the degree to which the paper performs the tasks below.
1. Select a topic in the form of a question from the list of approved topics provided.
2. List on page 1, the 5 strongest pros (in sentence form) to your paperas question.
3. List on page 1, the 5 strongest cons (in sentence form) to your paperas question.
4. Elaborate and discuss on pages 2-4 key pros and cons identified on page 1.
5.Support your conclusion pro or con, on page 5, and provide a persuasive argument.
6. Your paper must be 5 full pages long. Papers less than 5 pages will lose valuable points. In addition to this, an endnote and bibliography page must be attached to your paper.
7. Endnotes, NOT footnotes or in-text notes must be used. Endnote instructions along with a sample paper are posted on blackboard. Students are encouraged to examine them.
8. A Notes and Bibliography page MUST BE ADDED to your five-page paper. A sample paper will be posted online. Your bibliography (which is distinctly different from your endnotes page) must include at least ten sources. There is no required number of notes.
9. Website information can be found at the end of each chapter of your textbook.
10. Please number and staple your paperas pages. This is very important. Points will be deducted if pages are not numbered and stapled.
11. Your paper topics must NOT be modified or changed without prior approval.
12. All pages must be type-written and double spaced, using 12 point font.
13. All major writing styles are acceptable but Wikipedia, Websteras dictionary and long introductions designed to a?introduce the subject mattera? must be avoided.
14. Good grammar is required throughout your paper. No cover page is needed.
15. Electronic submissions WILL NOT be accepted. Only hard copies will be accepted.
16. All papers must be submitted on time. Late papers will be penalized.
17.Papers submitted after the due date will be automatically penalized 40 points.
18.No papers will be accepted after the final exam has been given.
19.The Instructor bears no responsibility for work allegedly submitted but never received by the Instructor.
20.Students must present logical, well-researched, persuasive and convincing arguments in defense of their position, argument, and conclusions on page 5 of their papers. Paper due dates are posted on blackboard.
1. First type in the narrative in the body of your paper. At the point where you wish to insert an endnote, stop typing and click on the word, REFERENCE at the top of your screen on the toolbar.
2. Next under the REFERENCE box, go to a tiny arrow in the lower right hand corner and click. This will bring up the menu. Once there, choose endnotes , and Arabic numerals (i.e., 1,2,3,4, etc.) instead of Roman numerals (i.e., I,ii, iii, iv, etc.)
Then hit INSERT and the numeral 1 will automatically appear in the narrative and at the end of your paper.
Supply the needed reference information (which for most students will be a link to the website) beside the second numeral that appears at the end (or back) of your paper.
3. Finally, hit REFERENCE and then ENDNOTE to insert endnote 2a¦ (numerals will automatically appear)
Hit REFERENCE and then ENDNOTE to insert endnote 3a¦
Hit REFERENCE and then ENDNOTE to insert endnote 4a¦
Hit REFERENCE and then ENDNOTE to insert endnote 5a¦
All major writing styles are acceptable. Papers should be written in 12a font, type written, and double spaced.
Whenever the same reference or citation is used more than once, consecutively, the short-hand notation of Ibid., or Ibid., 23, should be used. What is the difference between the two?
In the first example (Ibid.,) the same source is used more than once, consecutively, and the information in each instance can be found on the same page.
In the second example (Ibid., 23) the same source is used more than once, consecutively, but the first time it is used, the information is found on , e.g., page 7 of the source, and the very next time it is used, the information is found on page 23 of the source, as in Ibid., 23.
Finally, when the same source is used more than once, but not consecutively, (i.e., not repeated in a row one after another) the short hand notion of Pearson, 5 may be used, where Pearson is the authoras last name and 5 refers to the page number. If no authorsa name is available, some abbreviation of the title of the article, book, or website plus the page number is acceptable.