Objective of Paper:
This is a standard research paper based on secondary and primary sources.
It should address its topic from a sociological perspective. This means that whatever topic you
pick should be discussed
using terminology from the readings and class di
scussions, should be
examined (meaning its construction, labels, and groups sh
ould be discussed and
and should be placed in a larger context based on what we’ve read and the material
in Times New Roman font, size 12, double
spaced. Points will
be deducted for not following these specifications. Do not use color, include images, or provide a
cover page. List your name, the course name, an
d the term at the top of the page, then write
your title, then begin the paper.
Papers must be between 4
8 pages (not including the reference
page). Points will be deducted if papers exceed 9 pages.
Although a 4
page paper is possible, it is
page paper will be very good. If you think you have written an “A” paper in 4
pages, you might want to reconsider or talk to me before submitting it.
The final paper should be submitted
Monday, August 24
All citations (to be discussed later in this document) should be in American
Association (ASA) format. See this website:
for information on in
text citations as well
as reference page formatting
(you’ll have to click on a link to get to the reference page
All citations must appear in the text. You cannot si
mply list them all at the end
of the paper. If you take an idea or a quote from an author, you must cite that author in the text
and include her in the reference page as well.
Failure to properly cite will result in point
Layout of Paper:
paper should be divided into
You will introduce your topic and briefly describe it
. You must also tell the
Why this topic should be interesting
to an average reader
(e.g., why should I care
about the history of the “insanity” please in US courts if I am not a lawyer?)
Why the topic is sociological
: Since you are probably not the first person to research this topic, you
should do some reading of past
You should give a summary of their
works and explain why it is important to be aware of their works before doing your own
research on your topic.
You must use a minimum of 4
sources in your literature review.
Also, you may only use academi
c sources. Acceptable sources are: academic books,
journal articles from
reviewed journals, and government publications.
Unacceptable sources include (but are not limited to): magazines, newspapers, blogs,
“.com” websites, online news articles, or non
If you do not know how to
access academic books or academic journal articles, you should speak with a
librarian and ask for a tutorial.
There are two major types of literature to look for:
Literature which covers your topic