Papers: There are two papers for this course: an Abstract Paper, and a Research Paper that builds
on the Abstract Paper. Papers are worth 100 points each and are to be submitted to the appropriate
folder in the Dropbox area of the course on or before the due date. Papers are to be in either MS
Word or Rich Text Format (RTF), follow current APA style guidelines, and have appropriate spelling
and grammar. Papers are to have a minimum of three scholarly journal article references obtained
from the library database, which excludes textbooks and websites. Paper format is graded according
to the sample APA style paper available in the Content area of the course.
This course will use Turnitin® to verify authenticity of your work and to assist you with handling
quotes. Following submission of your paper to the Dropbox, both you and I will be able to view a
report on the paper’s authenticity. I look at the individual items highlighted within the paper and
those items with an individual percentage greater than 25% will be scrutinized. If you choose to
modify the paper submitted to the Dropbox, you may do so by resubmitting your work to the
Dropbox. The original due dates will remain in effect and I will evaluate the last paper submitted to
your Dropbox. Papers submitted to previous courses will not be accepted. Previous papers cannot be
submitted as original coursework. All work must be original. Plagiarized work will result in a zero
score for the paper. Please check the course FAQ tab for APA website support. In addition, utilizing
an online search engine you can search APA format with some excellent results. The papers are to be
written using current APA formatting style.
Abstract Paper (Week 4): The goal for this week’s paper is to introduce you to scientific
writing using the APA style, the utilization of science/medical terminology in writing a
paper, and conducting scientific research using the library databases rather than a website.
In addition to submitting your abstract to the course Dropbox, you will post your paper to
the appropriate Discussion for peer review by your classmates. The topic you use for this
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Abstract Paper is the same as the Research Paper topic submitted to the Dropbox for
approval during Week 2. For this paper, you are to utilize the library database to find
articles, or you may contact the Stafford Library reference librarian to access books from the
library. You may not utilize websites as references unless preapproved by the instructor.
For the abstract/paper, a minimum of three articles must be obtained from the Stafford
Library database. The Abstract Paper should be a minimum of three (3) pages (Title Page,
Abstract Page, and Reference Page).
Research Paper (Week 8): The goals for Research Paper are to introduce you further to
scientific writing, reinforcing the use of medical terminology in scientific writing using APA
style, and to provide experience in conducting research using the library database and
reference librarian. As with your Abstract Paper, the topic for your Research Paper is
writing a descriptive paper over a medical or healthcare topic you chose for the abstract
paper. For this paper, you are to utilize the library database to find articles or you may
contact the reference librarian to access books from the library. You may not utilize websites
as references unless preapproved by the instructor. For this paper, a minimum of five articles
must be obtained from the Stafford Library Database. The Final Paper should be a minimum
of ten (10) pages (Title Page, Abstract Page, Body (7-pages), and Reference Page)
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