Research Paper


To collect your sources, use the Research Paper Scaffolding Method.

Here are some resources to assist you in your research paper:



THE WIKIPEDIA QUESTION: CAN YOU USE IT?
This is the question that every student inevitably asks. What is Wikipedia? It is a user-generated encyclopedia that has information on just about every topic one could imagine. That means anybody can edit a Wikipedia entry on a topic, which is why opinions vary on the quality of the information on the site. Still, I believe it to be a great resource when beginning your research. If you do not know much about your topic, reading or scanning the Wikipedia entry will provide a great base for further research (and provide some valuable links in the footnotes for you to further explore). So, yes, I encourage you to explore the Wikipedia entries concerning your topic, but always be sure that the entry has proper sources and know that Wikipedia will not count as one of your five required sources.


APA Citations
The APA citation is the most commonly used style in the social sciences (and businesses and nursing degrees are shifting to it as well). As such, this is how we will cite our papers in my classes. 

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) does a great job of explaining how to cite in the APA style. For websites, you will want to use the Electronic Sources entry and follow the example for an "Article from an Online Periodical." 

For books, use this entry

For interviews, personal conversations/emails, movies, and videos, use this entry.
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