Research Paper Guidelines

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Research Paper Guidelines

  1. A title page (APA format) must be included.
  2. 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.
  3. Number-letter outline format must be utilized.
  4. The paper should include the following:
  5. Title page
  6. Outline
  7. Abstract
  8. Introduction (Literature Review)
  9. Discussion
  10. Conclusion
  11. References
  12. Standard 1” margins on all borders must be maintained.
  13. All information must be referenced using APA format.
  14. A minimum of eight peer-reviewed journal references is required.
  15. APA reference format must be used.
CATEGORY4321MultiplierTotal Possible
IntroductionThe 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 2.510
Paragraph ConstructionAll 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 2.510
SequencingDetails 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 2.510
TransitionsA 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 2.510
Supportive ResearchSupporting 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 2.510
Quality of InformationInformation 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 520
Conclusion/ RecommendationsThe 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 2.510
Sources Citations ReferencesAll 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 2.510
MechanicsNo 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 2.510
TimelinessOn time.  All late submissions have a 10 point (10%) deduction.   -10 weekly late deduction10
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