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MY TOPIC- Criminal Profiling: The Reality Behind the Myth
he Research Report is intended to give you the opportunity to develop your research skills and go deeply into any of the topics listed on the Research Paper Topics List (click on the Research Report Dropbox located in the Course Menu) presented. All of those topics are pre-approved. Just make sure to make your selection. If you are interested in doing research about any other topic presented in the textbook, send me an internal Course Message to present your idea. Please remember that your paper must be submitted to the Research Paper Dropbox and to the Research Paper Discussion Forum. To have access to instructions, rubric, and dropbox click on the Research Report button on the Course Menu
Read the following instructions carefully and make sure to use the checklist to maximize the likelihood of getting a good grade.
Use your text and at least two outside reputable sources to document your paper. This means that you must use the MDC Libraries.
Please compose your paper using Microsoft Word. The paper must be 1,000 words or more. (This is about four double-spaced pages.)
All papers need to be typed, double-spaced with margins of 1 inch on each side. For the font, please use Times New Roman 12 point. Here is a website with information on the APA documentation style: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
The American Psychological Association writing format should be used. Reference librarians at each campus, in person or via phone or the Internet, can assist you with this.
This same document must be submitted to the Research Paper Dropbox and to the Research Paper Discussion Forum. Doing this will allow me to grade your paper and it will allow you to complete the course discussions requirement. More information can be found under the Research Report Dropbox on the Course Content Menu.
Your Research Report satisfies 20% of the final grade.
Participating in Research Paper Discussion satisfies 10% of the final grade
MDC Libraries click here
Reputable Sources (you need to use the MDC Libraries):
government publications based on research
Do not use:
magazines of any sort, whether they are on paper or online
Websites of any type
How to Perform Your Research
Use the College Library in person or online (log in with your new MDC ID number (the one that is all numbers). Your password is the last four digits of that same MDC ID unless you have changed it.
APA Style and References
One thing you will need to do in college is learn how to find and use references. References support your ideas. College-level work must be supported by research. You are expected to do that for this paper. You will research, locate, and use two reputable sources from the literature on your topic. The “literature” is composed of studies that have been conducted in a scholarly way to support ideas. Scholarly sources can be found in journals or in some Web sites, especially those that come from .edu domains (.edu is short for “educational” Web sites) or .gov domains (.gov are government sites). The College Libraries have dozens of good journals you can use. You will be using the College Library for this paper. You may do the research in person or use the Web to access our library. See your librarian for more information on finding credible sources.
In APA style, you cite a source in two places: within the body of the paper where you use the idea or words of the author of the paper; and again, in the Reference List at the end of the paper. For example, you might say, “According to Researcher A (2011) …epigenetics is…” What you must do is supply the researcher’s name within a sentence or at the end of a sentence in parenthesis (Smith, 2011). Then you give the full information for locating the study in the Reference List. That’s what Reference Lists are for: they allow the person reading your paper to look up your source if they want to. So, remember, citing references APA style, requires two things: 1) that you cite the reference within the body of the paper, and 2) that you list the full reference at the end in the Reference List.
General Rules for an “A” Paper (check your paper against this checklist)
◻ 1,000 words
◻ Original work; plagiarism score of less than 10% (90% original work)
◻ Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
◻ Two outside reputable sources
◻ Focus and Sequencing
◻ College-level grammar
◻ Cite your article APA style (author & year within body of paper; full reference at end)
◻ No abstract
◻ No cover page
◻ Place your name on the first page. Use page numbers.