The Writing Process
How should you approach this paper? Laws are society’s attempt to solve its problems. You could explore a topic through research, identify a problem (harassment, crime, scams on the internet, etc), discuss solutions, and evaluate the solutions to see if they are effective. Make suggestions of your own. I want to know what you think. Most topics will follow this format but you are not bound to it.
What am I looking for in a paper? I will grade based on content, organization, readability, and grammatical correctness.
Content includes your ideas as well as your research.
Organization includes external transitions (section to section) and internal transitions (paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence).
Readability means how well the paper flows. Avoid wordiness and the passive voice. Don’t start your sentences with "it is" or "there are."
Grammatical correctness includes spelling and other grammar errors including subject-verb agreement. After you write your paper, leave it in a drawer for a day then read each word out loud. You will find most of your errors. Please write your paper in third person. You should always avoid using personal pronouns such as you and I in a researched paper. To state your opinion, you could use a phrase like "the author posits".
Basically, write five to seven pages about a topic you are interested in. Edit your finished draft at least twice (once for organization and once for grammar mistakes). Your paper should include an outline, five to seven edited pages with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of your sources (a works cited page or a bibliography). Your paper should be double spaced and Times New Roman 12 point font with 1 inch margins.
Research and Documentation
At least seven references are required for this paper. Please use at least one Internet source and one hardcopy source (a book or journal article, for example) in your paper. I recommend going to a library and researching your topic there. I also strongly recommend that you use the Wall Street Journal as a reference. Find several books on your topic. You also have access to the Park Virtual Library (located in the Webliography under ?other resources?). (Students deployed to remote locations like Iraq are not required to use a hardcopy source as they are not able to go to the library. Please note that you are in Iraq, Korea, etc. in your bibliography so I won?t count off points.)
What is APA Style?
For writing tips and information on the APA style, try the Writing Resources category in the Webliography.
Do not plagiarize (copying or using the work of others without giving them credit). Use parenthetical references (APA style) within your paper to document all quotations, minor details (for example, statistics), and opinions that are not yours. However, do not document your own opinions. In the past, several students have copied their entire papers from the Internet. These students received a 0 on the assignment and were reported to the Academic Director.
Avoid long quotations. If you?re going to quote from a source verbatim, limit that to 10% of the paper (about ? of a page if the body of the paper is five pages). Longer quotes can be placed in an appendix at the end of the paper. The appendix would not count as part of the body of the paper.
How do I document sources from the Internet?
See the Webliography category "Writing Resources" to find information about citing web sources.
Warning: Any paper submitted without documentation will receive a grade of zero.
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