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Now that you have selected a topic, created an outline and completed a rough draft, you should be ready to submit the final copy of your Research Paper. Below you will find detailed instructions for what needs to be included in each section of your paper as well as the details on the formatting.
Research Paper Guidelines
Length of Paper:5–7 pages, excluding the abstract, table of contents, reference list, and appendices.
References:A minimum of 5 primary references and 5 Biblical references. All references listed must be cited in the body of the text and included in the reference list section of the paper.
Formatting:The paper must be typed (12 point font – Times New Roman) and double-spaced with one-inch margins. Use APA style and formatting guidelines.
- Title Page – The title should be short and to the point. If the title is more than one line, double-space between the lines. The page header and page number appear at the top right of the title page. The title of the paper is centered on the page. The student’s name appears one double-space below the title. The institutional affiliation appears one double-space below the student’s name. Then the course number and title one double space below that. The running head should be in the upper right hand corner and address, city, state, email, and instructor’s name should be located in the lower left hand corner of the title page.
- Abstract – A synopsis or executive summary of your project that also describes the purpose of the project and what it accomplishes.
- Introduction – A statement of your approach and assumptions, the background the reader needs to understand your approach, and an explanation of how you intend to address the main issues.
- Trends OR Point 1 – Presents an overview of the history and/ or current trends related to the topic, based on literature and electronic sources. It provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the trends in violent behavior.
- Applications OR Point 2 – Provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the topics and how the topic is applied in practical settings.
- Assumptions OR Point 3 – Integrates the information from the history and applications, and makes assumptions about the current and future use of juvenile justice. The rationale and supporting data for each assumption must be provided. The presentation should provide the reader with sufficient information to understand and support the assumptions.
- Conclusions – Summarizes your findings, and makes recommendations on the impact of the juvenile justice system on its services, quality, and delivery to our communities.
- References – Lists all of the references cited within the body of the text. You should have a minimum of 5 references.
- Appendices – This section is not required and is at your discretion. If included, appendices should be relevant and provide supporting information related to the topic.
Note on Plagiarism: All research papers will be reviewed by a plagiarism detection service. Make sure you pay careful attention to summarizing, paraphrasing, and correctly citing your sources in-text and in the reference list. The academic standard, excluding bibliography and direct quoted material (which should be used very sparingly), is 25 percent. If you score higher than that in your plagiarism report you will have a chance to correct this issue in the final submission. If it is still higher that the norm on the final sub