Introduction to Sociology Research Paper Guidelines
This research project will provide you with the opportunity to conduct a sociological analysis on a topic of your choosing. You will write a 4-6 page, not including the title page or reference page, analysis of an issue of your choice (see suggested ideas below). For this paper, you will need to do some outside research to explore your topic and use course concepts to analyze and organize your findings. You will need at least 3 sources. One source must be your textbook, one source must be a peer reviewed journal article, and the last source is your choice, but it must be legitimate. You will also need a reference page listing your sources. The length of the paper (4-6 pages) requires you to condense a lot of material, be sure that you narrow your topic down to a workable paper.
Papers must be turned in on or before the due date, no late papers will be accepted. You will turn in your paper in assignments under Sociology paper. Your paper will automatically go through VeriCite when you turn your paper in. Your VeriCite score must be under 20%, if your score is above 20% please fix it and resubmit your paper, failing to do this will result in a grade of 0. My suggestion is to turn it in early so you have plenty of time to edit your paper if you need to.
Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font only.
Your paper should be between 4-6 pages in length, That means at least four full pages.
You must use peer-reviewed journal articles as your sources; failure to do so will significantly lower your grade.
Finding articles in scholarly/peer-reviewed journals
Go to the COD Library’s article databases and limit the search results to peer-reviewed or scholarly articles by doing one of these depending on the database:
do an Articles (Search) in the search bar at the top of this page. Look for articles tagged as peer-reviewed.
checking the box “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” under limit or refine search.
clicking on the tab “Scholarly Journals” or “Academic Journals” while viewing results of a search.
You must use and incorporate one of the major theories discussed in class.
Format your citations and bibliography using ASA or APA style. The bibliography does not count toward the page requirement.
You should be familiar with proper citation, as well as the appropriate use of quotations. The links on ASA on my website are quite useful for guidance in this area. Papers that excessively use quotations will lose points. Your paper should be in your own voice, which means using quotations selectively and only when necessary.
You do not need an abstract
You need a cover page for the paper; I don’t care about the format or images as long as it has your name, paper title, class and section.
Please proofread your paper.
Suggestions for selecting a topic:
Pick a topic about which you can find information easily (i.e. not something to obscure).
Choose something about which you are interested — you will read and write about it, so it might as well be something you will enjoy exploring. The following is a list of general subjects from which you might select a specific project topic. This list is very general — use it to spark an idea for a specific, well-developed topic. You need to think through how you will conduct an analysis of your particular topic, what questions you will answer, and what your specific focus will be. Most importantly, be creative and have fun with it.
Gender and religious participation/affiliation Welfare policies/reform
Self-esteem and teens
Gender images in music (rap, country, pop, folk etc.) Laws and Policies
Race, Gender, or Class and the legal system
Women in the sciences, engineering, medicine, vet medicine
Military (Socialization, Group Processes, Gender, Social Control)
Health, illness, and health insurance
Magazines and culture (sports, teen, women’s, men’s etc.)
Gangs – male and/or female
Environmental concerns, impact, mobilization
Toys, games and gender socialization
Sweatshops/labor use by multinational corporations in 3rd world countries
Historical variations in the construction of gender (middle ages, renaissance, civil war, turn of the century, 1920’s, WWII, etc.)
Consumption (in one country or compare countries)
Illicit drug use and/or related policies
Aging (look at physical health, financial concerns, widowhood) Social networks
Once you have selected a topic for your research paper, you need to focus and narrow it into a specific research question.
State how/which sociological theory provides insight to your topic.
Identify how each article contributes to addressing your topic.
Your paper should follow a general flow, give consideration to writing your introduction, body and conclusion, however keep in mind that you may have subtopics within each. Be sure you stay on topic and fully address your question.
It is very important that your paper should include the following basics:
Define your question
Identify why your question is important
Outline what others have found out about your topic (gathered from your articles)
Which sociological theory applies to the topic and explain
What conclusions can you infer based on what you have read
Evaluation Process: Paper will be graded in terms of content, insight, originality, analytical skill, organization, clarity of expression, overall presentation style, spelling and grammar, and proper referencing protocols.
Plagiarism: students should be aware of the penalties for plagiarism and other form of academic misconduct. Please read the COD catalog for the college’s policies on cheating and plagiarism. Evidence of plagiarism from other students’ work or published materials will result in a grade of zero and disciplinary action will be taken.
Computer or other technological failures: Unfortunately, these things do happen. However, they will not be accepted as an excuse for not handing in your assignment. In this day and age saying ‘my printer failed,’ ‘my hard drive/flash drive crashed,’ or some other such thing simply isn’t good enough. And it isn’t good enough for one simple reason: you should be backing up your rough drafts as you write them. If you do this and then come the due date your computer does fail, all you need to do is send me your rough work and then something can be worked out. It’ll not only save you getting zero on your assignment, most importantly it will save you a lot of stress.
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Introduction to Sociology Research Paper Professor. Tortoris
Introduction to Sociology