Ow does race affect economic outcomes in America?

You must have at least 6 sources of which only two can be from the web. Encyclopedias on or off line may not be used. Turning in assignments late will negatively affect your final grade.

The paper must be 5 to 7 full pages double spaced; not including the title page, table of contents, reference list and any pictures charts and graphs which are not numbered. The paper must be word processed.


1. The Introduction to the Paper

After you have written the first draft of the paper, you can pay particular attention to writing a strong introduction (the introduction should be 1 to 2 pages). Consider the following suggestions:

a. Give an overview of the topics.

b. State the importance of the topics socially, politically, historically or personally.

c. Give a special quotation research in the library) that will awaken the readers interest.

d. Give a startling fact or statistic that will awaken the readers interest.

2. Body of the Paper

The body of this paper is where you discuss and develop your topic (the body of the paper should be approximately 3 to 5 pages). You need to present different aspects of inequality that relate to your topic and how different authors explain the reasons and possible solutions to these different aspects of social inequality. Remember this is a research paper and not an augmentative essay. Your own opinions belong only in the conclusion and even there they must be supported by your research.

3. The Conclusion of the Paper

The concluding paragraphs should summarize the central ideas of your paper and should give the reader the feeling that the paper is complete (the conclusion should be approximately 1 to 2 pages). Show the significance of the topics; conclude with an anecdote, a suggestion or a statement. Signal the ending with words such as: therefore, finally, in conclusion.

How the Paper is Graded

Reference List 10 points

In text referencing 15 points

Grammar 15 points

Content 60 points

In addition you can lose 2 points for not numbering the pages correctly, improper margins, an extra space between paragraphs and 10 points for each page less than 7 full pages (half pages cost a 5 point loss).

Organizational Checklist

Overall structure

Write the topic sentence of every paragraph on a separate sheet of paper. Examine the order of the topic sentences or main ideas of your paper. Does the order show development or logic? Are similar ideas grouped together? Cut and paste paragraphs if necessary at this time. Be flexible and rearrange the way your paragraphs are sequenced or ordered.


Check the development and organization within each paragraph. Does each paragraph have a topic sentence? Do all of the sentences in the paragraph contribute and relate to the main idea?

Transition Sentences

As you end one paragraph and begin another, you can help your reader understand the relationship between one idea and the next if you build transitions from paragraph to paragraph.

You can use two devices:

1. Determiners (this, that, these, those): use these words in the first sentence of a paragraph to refer to the main idea of the previous paragraph. For example:

This approach to marriage patterns in my family was suggested by a sociologist, Matthew Berne. In his research, he describes…

2. Logical connectives: use words like similarly, in contrast, on the other hand, to link one paragraph to the next and to point out the way in which thoughts relate.

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Documenting Sources: New APA Guidelines

When you write a research paper, you always have to document your sources. Information that is referred to in your paper must be acknowledged by in-text citations within the body of the paper and through a reference page at the end. The parenthetical reference provides your reader with enough information to locate the full reference in the Reference section. Remember that all information or points of view that you obtained from an outside source must be acknowledged, whether it is a quotation, a summary, or a paraphrase.