Pick a topic pertinent to Sociology which you feel passionate about and find intellectually intriguing
Research Paper Guidelines
The research paper is your opportunity to explore in-depth a topic of interest to you.
Pick a topic pertinent to Sociology which you feel passionate about and find intellectually intriguing. The
more interested you are in the topic, the more you will enjoy and succeed in writing your paper. Take a
position on your topic and argue for it passionately.
In approaching your topic, make sure you keep it focused on something particular (e.g., gang violence in
rural Maine). Begin with a general overview, the nature of the problem, and a review of the literature, a
section applying one or two of the sociological theories, then conclude with your own summary/opinion.
This paper should be roughly 12 pages (total) in length and include at least five academic citations in
addition to the textbook (Wikipedia is not an academic resource). Include a cover page with a title, an
abstract, and a bibliography with your paper. (these count towards your 12 to 15 pages). Please use APA
format. Double-space and use 12pt font.
Avoid plagiarism. If you quote a sentence or more from a source you must use quotations and the citation
of where you got it. Plagiarized papers will receive a zero. Write in your own words, in a way you would
normally, clearly, speak to a friend or peer. You might want to use examples to illustrate your points
(from your personal experience, others you know, or from case studies in the literature).
You will be graded on organization, depth, clarity, and general enthusiasm. Be sure to spell-check and
read over your work before you pass it in.
|Academic Level||College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore|
|Paper Type||Research paper|
|Number of Pages||12 Page(s)/3300 words|