Overview One research paper is required which may be on any topic covered in the textbook (even if we do not cover it specifically in class). You should select a topic that is meaningful to you. You will be required to locate and read at least seven (7) scholarly articles about your topic. Additionally, the paper will require the inclusion of 3-6 practitioner points. Begin these on a new page directly following the body of the paper and before the references. Label the section “Practitioner Points” and number each point. The body of the paper should be 7-10 pages and adhere to APA format and guidelines. Use in-text citations and include a list of references. Grading criteria will include evidence of research, correct explanation of concepts, integration across content, presenting ideas in a logical and organized manner, writing mechanics, and adherence to assignment instructions. Papers are due on your assigned presentation day. A list of general HR related journal and magazine sources (“Example Sources”) is provided on Blackboard. Grading Criteria and Standards Description of a high quality paper: 1. Quality of Writing a. Mechanics: It contains no spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors.
The vocabulary is appropriate for the intended audience. Sentences and paragraphs are properly structured. b. Format: It displays proper APA formatting for manuscripts. Correct formatting of in-text citations is used. References contain all necessary source information and are properly formatted. c. Organization: The overall paper has a clear organization with an introduction, body, and conclusion. The body of the paper is organized in a logical manner including headings and subheadings where appropriate. The flow of ideas is easy to follow and transitions are appropriately utilized. 2. Evidence of Research a. References: The articles selected clearly relate to the topic of the paper. Articles are from scholarly, peer-reviewed publications. Note: Additional non-scholarly sources such as textbooks or magazine stories may be used as supplementary material beyond the required 7 scholarly sources (i.e. as the 8th source) but should not constitute a significant portion of the material being referenced in the paper. b. Research Comprehension: The writing reflects that the student has read and understands the articles being referenced. Theories described in the articles are correctly explained. Findings from the research studies are correctly interpreted and explained. The author appropriately paraphrases theories and research findings without an overreliance on technical language or direct quotes. Evidence of comprehension far surpasses that which could be gleaned from a cursory reading of the article or article abstract. c. Citations: In-text citations are correctly used to properly reference sources. It is clear which articles are being cited in relation to topics. “Second-hand citing” is avoided (this is when one cites an idea, definition, quote, etc. as coming from a source that is not directly cited in the paper). 3. Content and Integration a. Topic: The paper has a subject that is appropriate in scope to allow for depth of topic coverage. The topic is not too broad such that the page limitations do not allow for adequate coverage, nor is the topic too narrow to not have sufficient research available from which draw. b. Integration: The main concepts and sub-points are integrated across sources to produce coherent unifying themes. Connections or contrasts across sources are made in a meaningful way. Points are made in a logical manner drawing from various sources of supporting material.