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Week 6 – Research Paper

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Research Paper guidance:

At this level, you are learning the core concepts of the discipline and you will produce a graduate level paper that presents a research “puzzle” relevant to the subject matter of this class. The paper is no lessthan 15 pages, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

The requirements for this project will mirror the requirements for all graduate papers. The paper will be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman, Calibri, or other standard font, with margins of 1” all around. It will be double-spaced except where the format calls for single spacing, for example, block quotations and the list of complete citations. Citations will conform to the APA format with the use of the in-text Parenthetical/References style.

General Outline of Paper:

  • Title Page of the Paper

  • Introduction (sets the context) [1 ½ -2 Pages]

  Problem (what is the issue you see)

  Purpose (of your paper and research)

  Research Question

  Theoretical framework

  • Literature Review – [3 ½ to 5 Pages]

  Theme A

  Theme B

  Theme C

  • Research Method – [1 – 1 ½ Pages]

  This section should discuss the research methodology, its design and appropriateness, the data collection procedures, and an examination the validity of the design and data analysis methodology.

  • Findings and Analysis [3 – 5 Pages]

  Analysis –  How data was collected. (Ties back to your research method).  Where the data came from and how you analyzed that data (i.e. coding for themes)

  Findings (Findings will normally be broken down into themes that you have identified from the data.  This is your analysis of the data, much as you did in the literature review where you identified the theme that researcher discovered with their study. In most cases you will have more than one theme that you identify.

  Theme A

  Theme B

  Theme C

  • Conclusions and Recommendations [2 – 3 Pages]

  Findings and Interpretations (In this section you provide an interpretation of the findings from the previous section.  Often easiest to use same construct as previous section and call out the findings and what your analysis is of that finding)

  Recommendations (What are you recommending as a result of the interpretation of the findings?  Change in law, process, policy, etc.).

  Any recommendations for future research

  Summary/Conclusion – Last few paragraphs should tie it all together. Recap of problem, findings, and recommendations.

  • Works Cited Section

Here is some supplemental guidance to go with the above outline.

Title Page of the Paper. The title of your paper should be brief, but should adequately inform the reader of your general topic and the specific focus of your research. Keywords relating to parameters, population, and other specifics are useful. ALWAYS use a Title Page for graduate work! Your title page will include the title, name, course name and number, and Professor’s Name.

Literature Review – The idea of the literature review is to see what the past research has shown.  As you worded this it is as if you picked literature to answer questions versus finding the themes from the past research and building your research on that foundation. As a literature review, this section should identify the common themes and theories that the prior research identified.  In this section what you do is look at the conclusions of prior research and identify what the common themes are you see in those conclusions.  You then identify those themes. A good site to explain what a literature review is:

Analysis and findings are not the same as conclusions.  In the analysis component of this section you identify how you analyzed the data.  The second part is the finding you got from your analysis of the data.  The findings are the facts that you developed, not your interpretation of the facts.  That interpretation is conducted in the conclusions and recommendations section of the paper.  Findings will come from the prior research you examined and your analysis of those prior findings to create new findings for your paper.  While there may be some facts that are such that they will stand and translate to your paper, the intent is to create new knowledge, so you will normally analyze the data to create your own findings of what facts that data represents.

Conclusions and Recommendations is the section where you give your interpretation of the data.  Here you tell the reader what the findings mean.  Often the conclusions and recommendations sections will mirror the findings in construct as the researcher tells the reader what that researcher sees as the meaning of that data, their conclusions.  Then, drawing on those conclusions, the researcher tells the reader what they believe needs to be done to solve/answer the research question.  This section may include recognition of any needs for further research and then finishes with a traditional conclusion to the paper as a whole.

References: This section will contain all references, cited in APA format, properly indented, and alphabetically arranged. Entitle this section as “Works Cited” based on using APA 6 citing style. You should compile these and add to them as you’ve gone along. They should be error free!!!

The submission will be graded based on the course rubric — please click HERE to review the rubric.

Final Paper checklist:

Have you included a Title page with your name, course name and number, date, and title of the paper?

Have you numbered your pages?

Have you carefully proof-read your paper for spelling and punctuation? Have you used your computer’s spell-checker and then checked your paper over yourself for anything the computer might have missed?

Are there paragraphs that seem to be too long (say, a page or more), or which seem to deal with two distinctly different ideas? If so, find a way to split such paragraphs into smaller paragraphs.

Are there paragraphs which seem to short (say, a sentence or two) for no recognizable purpose?  If so, join the short paragraph with another nearby paragraph or move it to another part of the paper.

Have you looked at your transitions? Look at the first and last sentence of each paragraph. Do you lead your reader through the paper, preparing him or her for what is to come and making clear connections and distinctions between one paragraph/section and the next?

Have you examined your paper for excess repetition? Does any particular word appear too often? If you find that you are using very similar thoughts, ideas, or sentences over and over, can you group them together or add a new spin the second or third time around?

Have you varied your sentence length and structure? Do you avoid using the same word to begin several sentences within the same paragraph?

Does your conclusion do more than simply repeat the introduction? Have you used material in your conclusion that might work better if it were moved to the introduction? Does your conclusion leave the reader something to think about?

Have you provided dates and place names and other details where they would be helpful? Have you given your paper a unique and helpful title?

Have you accurately and consistently cited your sources, using the APA style (in-text parenthetical/reference style is required for this course)? Have you been sure to cite quotes, paraphrased material, and summaries?

Have you used a sufficient variety of sources, according to the wishes of your instructor? Have you mixed those sources instead of using just one for several pages at a time?

Do you use signal phrases (or “lead-ins”) to prepare your reader for quoted material? Will your reader fully understand why you’re using each particular quote?

Have you checked to be sure that your quotations are not unnecessarily long? Can you delete portions of the quote or use ellipses to shorten any overly long quotes and still make the same point?

Have you set off (correctly indented) any quotes longer than three full lines?

Have you underlined (or italicized) book titles? Have you used quotation marks for article titles?

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