Research Paper

Students usually find the study of End of Life issues fascinating. To further your interest, you have an opportunity to explore a topic of your choice related to the course and write a research paper reflecting what you have learned and wish to convey. Be sure to “narrow” the scope/focus of the paper. A “broad overview” of a topic will lose points. In the introduction of your paper, let the reader know the purpose; why it is of interest. The articles are to be from scholarly journals such as The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The American Psychological Association, The American Society on Aging, and various nursing and medical journals.Include results of studies published on the issue/topic of the paper such as how many participants, how done, and what was found, learned from the study. At least three journal resources of the six should provide studies and results. Be sure to make the paper flow rather than be a collection of bits and pieces. Summarize your paper well so that it pulls together the information that is enlightening to the reader.Guidelines:Papers must be written using the current APA Publication Manual. Papers must be five to six pages double-spaced plus a cover page and list of references page.Papers must include a minimum of six relevant resources/Journal articles, appropriately cited and referenced.Your paper is to be submitted in your Assignment Folder no later than 6/30.Be certain to follow APA style in referencing. Reminder: For information on APA formatting, go to APA.org (Then click on the Basics of APA Style OR ask a librarian umuc.edu/library/guides/apa.shtmlReminder: You can also get library help online: http://www.umuc.edu/library/help and http://umuc.edu/library/citationguides.shtmlThe following criteria will be considered in evaluating your written assignment.WRITING RUBRICCONTENT: 50%1) Topic discussed in detail (30%)2) Writer supported assertions correctly (10%)3) Understanding of material demonstrated coherently and logically (10%)ORGANIZATION: 30%4) An introduction previews paper’s main point(s) (10%)5) Body of paper develops and elaborates main points (30%)6) An effective summary conclusion (10%)WRITING MECHANICS AND STYLE: 20%7) Paper free of errors (e.g., misspellings, punctuation, paragraphing) (6%)8) Paper grammatically sound (proper sentence structure) (7%)9) Citations and references in proper (APA) style (7%)Please note that you will need to follow the citation format used by the American Psychological Association (APA) for written projects. For information on APA formatting and citations, refer to: APA Style Introduction. Also, check under Course Content for UMUC’s Guide to Writing and Research. It is UMUC policy that acceptable college level writing is to be considered in grading classmembers’ written work. Take care to express your thoughts in logical, well-developed form. Pay close attention to Topic *My Topic is family and friend dealing with hospice care and bereavement with relative *

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