Your Research Paper assignment is a 1200 to 2000 word (not counting your bibliography) informative research paper on a topic of your choosing, as long as it pertains to anthropology. Font will be 12pt in Times New Roman (or something very similar), one-inch margins and double-spaced. Please include page numbers on a corner of each page of your paper. Do not include a title page, rather a bolded title at the top of the first page. Do not over-space the top of the document. The format of your paper will be in accordance with the American Anthropology Association (AAA) style guide.
I have posted a link for the AAA style guid its own page on Canvas (HereLinks to an external site. it is as well). Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, evolutionary theory, primatology, paleopathology, human skeletal biology, genetic studies, and forensics. You can choose a different topic that pertains to anthropology. This can be a fun investigation of something you find interesting! If you are interested in a topic but you’re not sure it is appropriate for this paper, email me and I will let you know. If you have no idea what to pick, reach out to me, I will help you pick a topic. You will finish your paper with a paragraph talking about why peer-reviewed journals are important (see ‘Further Instructions for your paper’) You will be responsible for finding at least 3 journal articles that are related to your topic of interest and using their content to support your paper. As this is an academic paper, sources must be academic peer-reviewed journals, which means no blogs, no wikipedia, no newspapers (yes this includes National Geographic and Smithsonian). Some books may be acceptable, but I would advise against their use, as it may be hard to ferret out what would work and what will lose you points. Anything that is not common knowledge requires a citation. You will be using in-text citations in accordance with the AAA style guide. A good rule is when in doubt cite. I need to know where you are getting your information. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. This assignment’s purpose is to be able to research a topic further than just googling; to be able to academically research. The sources you use need to be academic. What I mean by academic is that they should be peer-reviewed academic journals (see below). Further, your formatting should be what I am asking for. First and foremost, you will be heavily graded on whether or not your sources are academic. For each non-academic source, I will deduct up to 30% off your grade. Since you need three sources, you stand to fail this assignment rather quickly if you don’t have the correct sources. What are acceptable sources? All fields in science have peer-reviewed publications, usually in the form of journals. This is how research and conclusions are presented. Peer-reviewed means they have gone through a rigorous process and any conclusions presented have to include what methods were used as well as background and analysis. The supplemental reading I have provided in class has all been from such sources. Here are a few examples in the Anthropology world (you are not limited to using these sources): – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1096-8644 – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1098-2345. And this link: http://www.aaanet.org/publications/list-of-journals.cfm will give you possible links to all anthropology journals. Note: not all of these publications are acceptable. For example, Anthro News is not a peer-reviewed journal. Email me if you are unsure. You are more than welcome to bring in publications from other disciplines. Common misconceptions of acceptable sources:
1. It ends in a .edu. This does not make it an academic source. I suggest you look at who wrote whatever you are reading and see if they have published. 2. The Smithsonian, National Geographic are also not allowed. Again, look at who wrote the article or whose research they are referencing. In-text citation: This is a concept that eludes most people. If you are using an idea that is not common knowledge you need to provide an in-text citation (see style guide and assignment). When you are paraphrasing one of your sources, you need to cite. When you quote, you need to cite. When in doubt, cite. Not citing is called plagiarism. Citing and quoting: Your paper should be in your own words (remember to still cite). You are welcome to use quotes, but do NOT make your paper quote-heavy. Your paper should not be a bunch of quotes tied together. Lastly, I will require a final paragraph on why peer-reviewed sources are important in obtaining information about any scientific or informative topic. In this paragraph you will discuss what the difference is between any source you find on the internet and a peer-reviewed journal. You may use internet sources for this paragraph (cite).