The Reaction Paper Assignment
You will be writing a 1,000 word Reaction Paper in this course using the instructions and links found below. You will be completing the following tasks and gathering the following information for your paper:
Do not use:
You can go over or under a page for any of the sections of the paper as long as your total paper is 1,000 words not counting the references.
General Rules for an “A” Paper
Submit the paper by the deadline in the Schedule of Assignments (Dropbox will open during Week 9 and close on the end of Week 11) in the Turnitin Drop Box located in the Study Guides, Exams & Drop Box folder. The box will open at the beginning of the week before it is due so that you have time to submit your paper, review the originality report, and resubmit your paper if necessary until you have a plagiarism score of under 10%. If you resubmit, note that it takes 24 hours for your new score to show up in the Turnitin Drop Box.
Submission to Turnitin Drop Box
The Turnitin Drop Box is in Angel. You do NOT have to go to Turnitin to submit your paper. The week before the week when the paper is due, the box will become visible in the Exams, Study Guides, & Drop Box folder on the main lessons page.
Turnitin is a plagiarism checking software. It checks to see if your work is original. We have set the Turnitin Drop Box so you can submit your paper as many times as you want until the due date. That will allow you to check your plagiarism score and see where your work is not original. You can then rephrase that section and put it into your own words. The expectation in this course is that your paper scores no more than 10% in plagiarism. You will be able to resubmit your paper as many times as you need to in order to get it right. Note that it takes 24 hours to see your new plagiarism score after resubmission. No more than 2 or 3 quotes in the entire paper, please.
You must be careful not to copy someone else’s ideas and not to copy and paste ideas from the sources you find. Copying and pasting from someone else’s work is considered plagiarism. You may use other people’s ideas, but you have to put them in your own words and reference the source. Putting things in your own words is called “paraphrasing.” And you must put the reference right after the idea. Needless to say, submitting plagiarized papers, including those copied from one of the Web sites that have “free” papers or even papers you can buy, will result in a penalty. That penalty is up to your instructor, but it will result in at least your receiving a ZERO GRADE for the paper. The paper is worth 10% of your grade in this course. Don’t risk 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 one reputable source from the literature on the topic of epigenetics/epigenesis. 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 domans (.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 (Researcher A, 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.
There are multiple tutorials and other training sources on APA style at the APA Web site. You do NOT have to buy the APA Manual to do this paper.
American Psychological Association (2011). APA style. Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx
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