A good way to be sure of an academic source in your area of research is to check the ‘Peer-reviewed Only’ category while doing your search of articles. For our purposes we will also consider books available at the library as academic sources; though I must clarify that, strictly speaking, some books – especially the ones published by commercial publishers, are not; while the ones published by university and academic presses usually are?Explain.

TERM PAPER

Besides the three examinations described above, the student will be responsible for one paper concerning material within the periods covered in class. The paper will cover a topic agreed with me and will be 1,000 words long, including an extensive graphic section (remember, this course satisfies your ‘Gordon Writing Requirement’ and you must be able to write a pre-stipulated number of words).

This is an individual assignment that you work on and turn in independently. It is NOT a group project/assignment.

Not turning in a paper will translate into a failing grade for the class. Furthermore, the papers are the property of the school and will be retained by the school for purposes of documentation; therefore, the student is strongly encouraged to make extra copies for himself. The paper must be submitted via the Turnitin.com application within Blackboard. More detailed content and instructions on how to submit papers is presented under the folder ‘Term Paper Guidelines’.

Note on ‘Academic Sources’: Academic sources are works that have been reviewed by academic peers – a.k.a. “peer-reviewed”; this in turn means that before any of these works are published other researchers and specialists in that field have read them, commented, and suggested improvements. They will have also checked the data and determined whether the research is serious or rigorous enough to deserve publication. This guaranties that when you read an academic source or peer-reviewed work you can trust its data is of the highest source. Examples of academic sources include several academic journals – all of which are available at our library. A good way to be sure of an academic source in your area of research is to check the ‘Peer-reviewed Only’ category while doing your search of articles. For our purposes we will also consider books available at the library as academic sources; though I must clarify that, strictly speaking, some books – especially the ones published by commercial publishers, are not; while the ones published by university and academic presses usually are.