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FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT: Handouts 3 & 4

Final Research Paper Handout 3 of 4

The Final Paper is worth 20 points of your grade. To get full points, your paper must be accurate, clearly written, free of grammatical errors, and turned in by first 5 minutes of class. You must use 5 articles from outside of class and 5 readings from the course. Your paper should be based upon your outline. The paper must be in APA format, double spaced, stapled and formatted using a standard 12 pt. font. Every sentence should be in your own words. Do not use quotes. Maximum number of pages allowed is 5 pages. Include a reference list that incorporates five outside articles as well as any appropriate in class readings. The criteria to be evaluated are as follows:

1. At this point, you should have a clear research question. Your title should reflect this research question. A clear research question examines the effect or influence of X on Y or explores the relationship between two things (e.g. combat PTSD and intimate partner violence). (See Final Project Assignments 1 & 2) 2 points

2. Your paper should have a clear introduction paragraph that introduces your research topic (e.g. The relationship between combat PTSD and intimate partner violence is complex and multifaceted), and explains why your question is important (e.g. A body of research suggests that veterans are at greater risk to commit partner violence as compared to non-veterans (Author, date). Veterans with PTSD are more likely to commit partner violence as compared to veterans with no psychological disorders (Author, date). Intimate partner violence has a severe impact on women’s health, mortality, and labor market participation). At the end of the paragraph, clearly present your argument (In this paper, I will examine the positive relationship that exists between combat PTSD and committing intimate partner violence). (4 points)

3. Literature Review: Your literature review presents key ideas that relate to your research question. In this section, analyze your research question by offering a clearly articulated, logically developed argument, not just a summary of everything you have read. Every point you make in your paper should be supported by something you have read. You are required to use at least 5 empirical articles in addition to whatever you may choose to draw upon from the course readings. All citations should be in APA style citing author’s last name and date of publication (e.g. Klaw & Rhodes, 1995). 10 points

4. In the Conclusions and Implications Section, summarize the literature you have found to address your research question (e.g. Although the relationship between PTSD and intimate partner violence is complex, research demonstrates that veterans with PTSD are at greater risk for committing partner violence due to... Further, hypermasculine values embodied in military culture, high depression rates, and access to weapons among military members and veterans increases the risk of violence in veterans’ relationships). Provide recommendations for future research needed in this area (e.g. longitudinal, qualitative, survey, experimental, representative), and specific strategies to change social structures (e.g. Expand partner violence services available in the VA Health Care System by providing…). 2 points

5. Provide your reference list using APA style. 2 points

Final Poster Presentation: Hand-out 4 of 4

Due on Finals Day

The Final Poster is worth 20 points of your grade. Using a standard Science Fair poster board (found in Spartan Bookstore arts/crafts section), create a visually appealing representation of your final research paper. To get full points, your poster must be clearly written and free of grammatical errors. Use a font size of 28 points or greater. Consider using bullet points to present your ideas.

The criteria to be evaluated are as follows:

1. Title: Your research question should be placed on the top of the poster in large bold letters. Include your name underneath the title. (2 point)

2. Introduction Section: This section includes a short, clear paragraph that introduces your research question, explains the importance of your question, and clearly presents your argument. (5 points)

3. Literature Review Section: Using bullet points, present your key ideas related to your research question. Use APA style to cite at least 5 articles. (10 points)

4. Conclusions and Implications Section:

Briefly summarize the literature you have found to address your research question. Provide recommendations for future research needed in this area and strategies to change social structures. (3 points)

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