Friday, November 8, 2013

term paper requirements

Based on our discussions in class and online, here are the requirements for the term paper.  Late/incomplete work will not be accepted.  Please comment to the post or email with any questions.

Given our recent study of the communication issues that contribute to racial profiling, you may select any relevant current event, topical issue, or theoretical construct (e.g., hate speech, stereotypes, verbal/paraverbal/nonverbal communication) to research and explicate in a well-organized and professionally presented term paper.  You are encouraged to examine the topic/s through a personally relevant, meaningful lens; feel free to integrate your own experiences and explore academic or professional areas of interest (psychology, law, anthropology, neuroscience, et al).
Papers will be collected at the beginning of class on Tuesday, November 12.

Your paper must be:
  • 10-12 pages in length, excluding title and Bibliography or Work Cited* pages (*Please Note: a Bibliography includes all the sources that inform your thinking, and Work Cited means exactly that, i.e., the sources you quote/reference directly.)
  • Typed in Times New Roman 12-point font and printed on 8.5" x 11" white stock
  • Bound with one staple in the upper left-hand corner at a 45 degree angle (no folders or plastic slip covers)
  • Well-researched, as evidenced by a Bibliography or Work Cited page that includes a minimum of 15 highly credible references (*Please Note: Five [5] of these references must be academic books, chapters, or peer-reviewed studies/articles.)
  • Presented in Modern Language Association (MLA) style 


  1. Dr. Preston. I would like an example of a bibliography and a works cited entry as examples for my term paper. You can email them to the following address Thank you for your response in advance.

    1. Alfredo, the 'MLA style' link that Dr. Preston has provided includes an example works cited page.

  2. That link is extremely helpful, by the way. Thank you (Dr. Preston) for including that.

  3. So 5 references have to be based from a book? What kindof books are we supposed to use? Most of my research is from online resources

  4. I sent my paper to you in an email because i'm having troubles with my printer. I'll be sure to notify you before class tomorrow