Research Paper Guidelines
- A title page (APA format) must be included.
- Must be typed, double-spaced pages (Times New Roman Font, size 10 or 12). A typical paper would be 10 pages in length, not counting the title, abstract, and reference pages.
- Number-letter outline format must be utilized.
- The paper should include the following:
- Title page
- Introduction (Literature Review)
- Standard 1” margins on all borders must be maintained.
- All information must be referenced using APA format.
- A minimum of eight peer-reviewed journal references is required.
- APA reference format must be used.
|Introduction||The introduction clearly states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper.||The introduction clearly states the main topic but only partially previews the structure of the paper.||The introduction states the main topic, but does not preview the structure of the paper.||There is no clear introduction of the main topic or structure of the paper.||X 2.5||10|
|Paragraph Construction||All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.||Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.||Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.||Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.||X 2.5||10|
|Sequencing||Details are placed in a logical order and correspond to the structure presented in the introduction.||Details are sometimes logically placed, but do not correspond to the structure presented in the introduction.||Some details are not in a logical or expected order, and this distracts the reader.||Many details are not in a logical or expected order. There is little sense that the writing is organized.||X 2.5||10|
|Transitions||A variety of thoughtful transitions are used. They clearly show how ideas are connected.||Transitions clearly show how ideas are connected, but there is little variety.||Some transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are fuzzy.||The transitions between ideas are unclear or nonexistent.||X 2.5||10|
|Supportive Research||Supporting research studies and/or reports are research-based and accurately reported.||Supporting research studies and/or reports are not accurately reported.||Research studies and/or reports do not support the discussion.||Research studies and/or reports are limited and/or inaccurately reported.||X 2.5||10|
|Quality of Information||Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.||Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.||Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.||Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.||X 5||20|
|Conclusion/ Recommendations||The conclusion effectively summarizes the discussion and provides at least two recommendations for further research.||The conclusion summarizes the paper but provides only one recommendation for further research.||The conclusion partially summarizes the discussion, but provides no recommendations.||The conclusion is poorly constructed.||X 2.5||10|
|Sources Citations References||All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in APA.||One source is not documented in APA format.||Two sources are not documented in APA format.||More than two sources are not documented in APA format.||X 2.5||10|
|Mechanics||No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.||One grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.||Two grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.||More than two grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.||X 2.5||10|
|Timeliness||On time. All late submissions have a 10 point (10%) deduction.||-10 weekly late deduction||10|