Research Paper for LA101 Intro to Psychology

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Research Paper for LA101 Intro to Psychology For your Research Paper this semester, you can focus on an area of your interest based on the topics presented in this class. The paper should be 5-7 pages in length and includes a reference list in APA format. You will need to provide a resource list of at least 5 sources which can include information from our textbook, journals from the Monroe College Library’s electronic databases, and credible Internet sources (Wikipedia is not suitable for academic use). The information should be the most current available since psychology is an ever-changing field with studies taking place 24/7, all over the world at any given time. Be sure to include your name, course number and title on the first page. You may also include up to 3 charts, tables, graphs, or other appropriate visuals, but be sure to label, size, and cite the source of the visual correctly. For your topic be as specific as you can. For example, if you choose ADHD, focus on particular aspects of the condition since there is no way to cover every aspect of ADHD in a 5-7 page paper. Many students choose a topic that pertains to a condition or area where they have some background knowledge. It can be a condition such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, addiction, or a topic like dream analysis, sleep walking, anxiety, stress, a specific type of therapy, etc. If you are stuck with selecting a topic, I suggest you that you look through the textbook chapters and see if any of the topics interest you. Your paper should include the existing definition(s), symptoms, treatments, current research on the topic, your reasons for writing the paper on your chosen topic, any personal ideas or examples that you may be able to provide, and connections to the Enduring Issues presented in Chapter 1 and included in each chapter of the book as it relates to our course of study. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION APA GUIDE TO WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS How to Write a Research Paper MONROE COLLEGE LIBRARY Revised Sixth Edition 2 Glossary Citation is the proper format of your sources information that belong on your Reference page. et al: In Latin means “and others” it’s used especially in referring to academic books or articles that have more than one author. Hanging Indent: All lines after the first line of each citation on your reference page should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. An in-text citation provides the information (quote/paraphrase) from a source in the body 3 SOURCE EVALUATION  Is the source useful?  Is it current?  Is it from a well-respected source?  Is the research up to date? Take notes:  Summarize briefly restate in your own words the main ideas of the passage or article.  Paraphrase restate in your own word, in detail, the key ideas of the source.  Quoting use the source’s unique words surrounded by quote marks, “ ”, and record the source and page.  Note down the information you will need for the MLA/APA citation.  Assemble a working bibliography: start a list of your sources that includes the title, author, publication information and date for each source. CRITICAL THINKING  Evaluate and interpret the ideas explored in sources and convey ideas of your own.  Synthesize sources: make sense of your sources by integrating information from two or more sources to show how the ideas are similar or different.  Fine-tune your thesis or topic. ORGANIZATION Develop an Outline Sample Outline I. Problems caused by smoking A. Lung Cancer 1. How to prevent? 2. Effects B. Other smoking-related diseases 3. What are they? 4. Effects C. Second-hand smoke II. Why quitting is so hard A. Nicotine is addictive 1. Example B. Habit C. Quitting requires support 1. Example D. Quitting requires support 1. What that entails III. Why smokers should quit A. Not worth dying B. What I learned 4 COMPOSITION  Drafting  Revising, editing  Proofreading Use SmartThinking, or ask the Writing Center to review your paper. AVOID PLAGIARISM Presenting another person’s ideas or words as your own is plagiarism.  Take notes that clearly identify which material is borrowed and where you got it from.  Enclose all direct quotes with quotation marks.  Review all paraphrases and summaries to make sure they are your own words. Research ̶̶̶ Source Materials  Books In Print, Online, Encyclopedia and other reference material  Magazines In Print, Online, and from a database  Newspapers In Print, Online, and from a database  Academic/Scholarly Journals In Print, Online, and from a database  Other materials Websites, government documents, personal interviews, DVDs Online source for reviewing APA Style:  Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab):  Online source for APA tutorial:  Online source for submitting your paper for review and proofreading: SmartThinking through MyMonroe Essay Structure Thesis Statement A sentence or two in your paper that tells the reader what the paper is going to be about. A good thesis statement may be ONE or more of the following:  A strong, thought-provoking, or controversial statement. Ex: Bilingual Education has not fulfilled its early promise.  A call to action. Ex: Inner-city schools should set up bilingual programs.  A question that will be answered in detail in the essay. Ex: What can bilingual education accomplish for a child? It can lead to academic and personal development.  A preview or reflection of the structure of the essay. Ex: Bilingual education suffers from two main problems; a shortage of trained teachers and a lack of parental interest. Introduction The introduction section serves as the opening to the paper. It draws and invites readers into the discussion. The purpose of the introduction is to:  Get the reader’s attention. 5  Move the reader into your paper by showing what you are writing about before you state the thesis which is the essay’s main idea.  Limit your essay by moving from a general discussion of the subject to the specific thesis that your paper wants to prove.  State your thesis before moving to the body paragraphs that provide evidence of it. Body The body of the paper contains the bulk of your research. This is where you will quote, paraphrase, or summarize your original source material, being careful to cite any information you have taken from a source. Failure to cite your sources is plagiarism. Conclusion This is your opportunity to wrap up your essay and bring it home to the reader. Options for a good conclusion:  Summarize the points you have made, but keep it short and use fresh wording.  Show readers why this paper is important.  Show readers how the points you made and the examples you used are not random, but fit together to prove a point.  Give readers something to think about such as a way to use the information from the paper in the real world.  End with a quotation, a question, a suggestion, or a humorous or insightful comment. In-Text ̶̶̶Citations: ̶̶̶The ̶̶̶Basics Reference citations in text are covered on pages 169-179 of the APA Publication Manual. What follows are some general guidelines for referring to the works of others in your essay. Note: APA style requires authors to use the past tense or present perfect tense when using signal phrases to describe earlier research, for example, Jones (1998) found or Jones (1998) has found… APA citation basics When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author′s last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. In-text citation capitalization, quotes, and italics/underlining  Always capitalize proper nouns, including author names and initials: D. Jones. 6  If you refer to the title of a source within your paper, capitalize all words that are four letters long or greater within the title of a source: Permanence and Change. Exceptions apply to short words that are verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs: Writing New Media, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. (Note: in your References list, only the first word of a title will be capitalized: Writing new media.)  When capitalizing titles, capitalize both words in a hyphenated compound word: NaturalBorn Cyborgs.  Capitalize the first word after a dash or colon: ″Defining Film Rhetoric: The Case of Hitchcock′s Vertigo.″  Italicize or underline the titles of longer works such as books, edited collections, movies, television series, documentaries, or albums: The Closing of the American Mind; The Wizard of Oz; Friends.  Put quotation marks around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles, articles from edited collections, television series episodes, and song titles: ″Multimedia Narration: Constructing Possible Worlds″; ″The One Where Chandler Can′t Cry.″ Short quotations If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by ″p.″). Introduce the quotation with a signal phrase that includes the author′s last name followed by the date of publication in parentheses. According to Jones (1998), ″Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their…

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