• Cite all of your sources using APA style
• 3 to 5 pages in length (APA style, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced,
indented paragraphs). Please add 1-2 pages for each collaborator if you write your paper as a group.
• Include a title page and reference list in APA style (thus your essay will be 5 to 7 pages total)
• Cite a minimum of 4 peer-reviewed journal articles (if you would like, you can use the additional
readings provided on e-learning for this purpose)
• Use 3 headings (Introduction; Literature Review; Conclusion)
• Do not use direct quotes – explain everything in your own words.
• Do not use outline form – your essay should be written in clear, complete sentences with transitions
• Please keep in mind: Papers submitted without any citations/references will be considered plagiarism
and receive an automatic F. Please ask me if you need clarification. Unexcused late work will be
penalized 5% for each day late.
Use the following sections/headings:
Title Page (1 page in APA style. Hint: Use your research question as your title)
• Introduce your chosen topic/theory by citing relevant research that helps you describe the basic details
of your topic/theory. In this section, make sure you clearly state your research question.
• Before you start writing your paper, you can develop your research question by reviewing literature on
your chosen topic/theory and then coming up with an opinion about your chosen topic/theory (your
weekly journal entries can be useful for this purpose). Turn your opinion into a question that can be
• Your research question can serve as your title as well. For example, “Can Self-Transcendence Be
Achieved Through Finding Meaning?” or “What Does Anesthesia Reveal About The Nature of
Consciousness?” or “Do We See Reality As It Is?”
B. Literature Review
• The main goal of this section is for you to cite relevant research that helps answer your research
question. Thus, in this section, you will clearly state the thesis that arose out of investigating
potential answers to your research question and you will cite at least 4 peer-reviewed journal
articles that support the main ideas of your thesis.
• Remember, the word “thesis” is a fancy way of saying “opinion.” In this section, you are sharing your
opinion, and you are supporting that opinion with relevant research.
• Conclude by briefly summarizing your thesis based on the literature that you reviewed.
• Include at least one suggestion for future research on your topic/theory.
References (starts on new page in APA style)
• Note that this is not a bibliography (a bibliography lists all of the sources that you referred to even if you
did not cite them in your essay).
• This is a reference list, which means it should only include articles that you actually cited in your essay.
All of the articles that were cited in your essay should appear in your reference list.
• Maintain a focused thesis/argument throughout.
• Back up each of your points with relevant research. Remember that when you paraphrase concepts and
research, you must still cite the source.
• Clearly define all terms, even if you assume the reader will know them.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Writing from scratch
Pages / words: 4 / 1100
Number of sources: 2
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English
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