MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR PAPER –
Please write an essay on a topic of your choice. Your paper must relate DIRECTLY to this class. If you are in doubt, please consult the Instructor. Please comply with all of the following major requirements:
1. Please use a cover page for your written assignments, papers and projects.
2. Have an appropriate title for your work please
3. Also, please use an abstract for your assignments. Among other things, an abstract is basically a summary of your work and helps summarize and introduce your work at the initial time. It also gradually leads your readers into your work. It is part of APA and required to be about 150-250 words (class abstracts can be shorter). Your abstract should be on a page by itself immediately after your cover page – with the title or sub-title “Abstract” centered on top of your abstract.
4. Your paper should have a problem statement section or an introduction. This is the place where you articulate the “why” or the reason or the problem or concern or lacuna why you are writing your paper. For example, what gap in the law are you trying to highlight or solve? If there is no problem or concern, why write? Please see SAMPLE Statements of the problem or Introductions in the Course Material Folder.
5. Please make your conclusions a little bit more visible – you can use a pointer like “In conclusions … etc” or you can use a sub-title “Conclusions.”
7. Please try to meet the minimum page/word requirement – please use it to showcase your research and writing skills. Remember that the minimum page does NOT include your cover page, your abstract and your list of references. Deliverable length = 4-8 pages of narratives.
8. Please remember to use APA in-text citations to support your work so readers may not think that you are speculating or guessing. There are TWO requirements in supporting your work in the APA writing style (1) in-text citations and (2) list of references. These two requirements are needed!! This is the requirement at college level all over the world. You can cite our course text – see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
9. A list of references is required as this goes hand in hand with your in-text citations. A list of references is required. This is DIFFERENT from in-text citations.
10. Remember to arrange your list of references in alphabetical order.
11. Please use your own words. Although I am definitely not accusing anyone of anything, please note that I review your Turn-It-In Originality Report. Please note that your work should be 99.99% your own words. As you know, you can borrow ideas from any source but you must (a) summarize them in your own words AND (b) cite your sources. Please let me know if you need further assistance moving forward.
12. Please use subtitles or sub-headings like “Introduction, Methodology, Conclusions, Findings, Suggestions, Recommendations … etc” to help organize your thoughts and also to help make your work more reader-friendly. Please note that the particular subheadings you use depend on the topic you are writing but I want you to use subheadings or subtitles in your work. Among other things, using subheadings immediately makes it clearer which of the major requirements of the assignment you covered – just by quickly reviewing your sub-headings or sub-titles. It also lets you get creative and innovative by the types of subheadings you use.
13. Please note that your title/subject matter must be related to this class. If in doubt, please contact the Instructor.
14. Relate your discussion to the real-world and please use vivid examples where appropriate.
15. Please use double spacing – APA supports double spacing
16. What are the policy implications of your work? This is same thing as suggestions you have on how to improve things. Policy implication is also referred to as Reform Implications or Crime Control Implications.
17. What suggestions do you have based on the policy implications of your work?
18. Please submit as an ATTACHMENT in the drop box on or BEFORE the due date/time.
19. Please be ready to present in class = 10 points – IF APPLICABLE. IF using ppt. for your in-class presentation, please see Doc Sharing for the major requirements for ppt. (no presentation for this one).
20. Microsoft Word is recommended.
21. Avoid or minimize using direct quotes “….” at this time please but rather (a) summarize the information in your own words and (b) cite your sources.
22. Avoid numbering the items in your list of references – just arrange them in alphabetical order.
23. Each work must be original to this class and to each particular assignment – no use of prior work.
24. Please submit your work as ONE FILE only – please do not upload parts of your work (like cover page, abstract, or other … etc) separately! Upload everything as just ONE file
25. Please do not upload BLANK document (receives a zero!) and remember it is your full responsibility to be sure your work uploaded – re-log in and check or talk to Technical Support if you are in doubt.
26. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks and good luck.
27. Please note that you must explore the “Policy Implications” of your work. You can do this last as in “Conclusions AND Policy Implications.” Please always end your work with a subheading like “Conclusions AND Policy Implications.” This is where you summarize or itemize your “conclusions” and then proceed to suggestions/recommendations BASED on your work or on your conclusions. So each assignment must have suggestions or what you recommend BASED on that particular work. Please see my post on the announcement page on this.
Cover page, Abstract page, and list of references