Research Paper should be based on the Reserach Proposal attached with the order (After peer review).
A guided peer review will be undertaken on your draft research paper prior to final submission on Canvas (please attend the synchronous session when announced. Instruction for preparations will be provided in advance).
Submission Document Particulars:
- Type of File: .doc/.docx
- Preferred Font: Calibri/Arial/Times New Roman
- Preferred Font Size 12
- Page Margins: 1 Inch Top Bottom Left Right
- Mandatory Line Spacing for Final Paper: Double (For Easy Reading)
- File Name Convention: Lastname_Firstname_Paper.docx (Each writing collaborator should submit a copy of their joint proposal).
Guidelines for Constructing the Final Research Paper
Approximate expected word count of paper:
- Minimum of 2000 for students who are writing individual research papers
- Minimum of 3000 for students in writing teams of 2 or 3 members
Citations, References, and Document Formatting:
- A good mix of narrative and parenthetical in-text citations MUST be exhibited throughout and correctly.
- References MUST be formatted properly and cited correctly in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition citation and document formatting style.
- Scholarly sources MUST prominently include peer-reviewed journal articles.
- Other credible scholarly sources may include periodicals, books and reference works, edited books and book chapters, reports and gray literature, conference presentations and proceedings, published and unpublished masters and doctoral dissertations, blogs and comments, articles from online databases, audiovisual media, and online media such as webpages and websites.
- A thoroughly executed research paper is a result of significant effort. Its content is informed by at least 10-15 credible sources. The quality of the paper is the outcome of rigorous treatment of the research topic, problem or question using a variety of scholarly sources. Ideally the more scholarly sources you use, the better informed your research paper will be.
- An example document format template for a sample student paper using APA 7th Edition style is available here (Links to an external site.). An example of a headings level template using APA 7th Edition is available here (Links to an external site.). Instructions for a student paper title page are available here (Links to an external site.)
Draft Research Paper for Peer-Review:
- A draft research paper must be made available for a peer review. Your draft Research Paper should be as complete as possible with expected formatting standards as indicated above. The more complete your draft is, the better and more useful the feedback you will get from your peer reviewers which will be invaluable for your final paper. In addition, you will be provided with a research paper draft to review (unless you do not turn in a draft of your own in time to participate). Your review comments must strive to add value and address relevant areas of improvement. You must identify the name of the peer(s) who review your draft.
- If you do not attend the peer-review, it is your responsibility to ensure you undertake this activity remotely by coordinating with peers from your own section.
- Please ensure you keep an electronic/digital record of all peer-review comments received and note the changes you have incorporated to your resulting final Research Proposal and Working Bibliography.
- You MUST incorporate peer-review feedback into your final research paper. You MUST identify the name of the peer(s) who review your draft. In your submission document, add a final section illustrating all specific comments, and the revisions you made to address them. List the text sections “before” feedback and “after” revisions.
Structure Elements of Research Paper:
Your final assignment in WRDS 150 is a Research Paper centred on the theme of Behaviours, Norms, and Behavioural Change.
The structure, rhetorical and linguistic features of your research paper should (roughly) be informed by course readings (and the research articles you find) and the models of argument, reasoning, and evidence found in them.
The following guide may help you organize your research paper:
- Does this section create a context for the topic of the research paper?
- Do you clearly identify the research problem or topic of interest, and/or include a refined research question(s) or hypotheses?
- Do you state briefly what the literature reveals about the research problem or issue to be investigated and reveals a gap in the current literature about the problem? OR Does the introduction show your awareness of the prior research on the subject?
- Does the introduction raise the major issue(s) you will discuss in the paper?
- Does the section contain a method/approach of inquiry: how will knowledge be constructed on this topic? Where will the sources of evidence be gathered from? What techniques, strategies, approaches will be utilized to construct knowledge and valuable insights?
- Do you mention your research outcome and briefly state why the outcome is significant or relevant?
- Do you indicate to the reader in what way your research paper and its contribution is likely to be original?
- Does the introduction indicate the importance and interest of your topic?
- Does this section offer contextual information to invite reader engagement with the topic? Or is the review of the prior research and literature sufficient to inform the reader about the background of the topic?
- Do you organize and present scholarly voices and views related to the topic in the form of an original interpretive approach to discuss, describe, explain, analyze, and evaluate the major concepts and ideas about the chosen research problem?
- Do you provide insightful takeaways at strategic points in the various sections to aid reader understanding?
- Does the discussion address difficult/challenging concepts and information in meaningful ways to help readers better appreciate the research problem?
- Do you offer supporting evidence and reasons for claims made in various paragraphs of the research text?
- Does the conclusion summarize the findings of your research inquiry to demonstrate you have accomplished your chief research and writing objectives?
- Does the conclusion grow out of the major ideas you have discussed in the paper?
- Does the conclusion reinforce your main thoughts?
- Do you indicate how your findings relate to the findings of prior research and scholarly voices on the topic?
- Does this section tell the reader in what way your research makes an original scholarly contribution to the existing literature on the topic?
- Do you suggest possible ways of pursuing the issue in future writing?
- Do you declare major conceptual and practical limitations of conducting your research inquiry and writing project?
- Does the conclusion show awareness that your own writing is part of a continuing scholarly conversation on the subject?
Reader Engagement and Scholarly Writing Conventions
- Do you organize and present scholarly voices and views using sections with engaging titles, paragraphs with major and minor points, and transitions to clarify relationships between the major and minor points?
- Do you actively write with the reader in mind by addressing them, and engaging them through meaningful and relevant topic-oriented questions?
- Do you guide readers with pertinent transitions, pointing words, and strategic repetitions of key terms and phrases?
- Do you correctly cite all scholarly sources using APA 7th Edition citation style using in-text citations and end-of-text reference list
- Do you format your research paper in accordance with APA 7th Edition document formatting style for a student research paper?