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This paper should be approximately seven double-spaced, typed pages; it is an APA-style (6thed.) critical review of the scientific social work literature on the topic of your choice. You should consider a structure consisting of a clear statement of the issue; a critical review of the available literature (noting strengths and limitations of research methodology); conclusions about what is known from the convergent findings, and what is still not conclusively known; and recommendations for future research. It must include a work-cited page, using APA style with AT LEAST five outside sources (excluding Wikipedia.) You should NOT cite the text verbatim. This will result in an automatic failure of the assignment. The research project should be a combination of cited, paraphrased and the student’s own work. (The work cited and cover page are not included in the seven pages.) Assignments submitted less than the required seven pages (excluding cover and work cited pages) will be reduced by 10 points/missing page. There will be NO late submissions. YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE.


One of the goals of many research projects is to have students write with authority and confidence.

For this discussion post:

1. Locate a subject you are already an expert in—a video game, a hobby, a sport—and then list at least two specific sources (of any sort – i.e. websites, articles, books, etc.) you would refer someone to who wanted to learn about that topic. What do these sources provide and why are they good sources?

2. Now start a discussion about the kinds of authority you should try achieve through research. What kinds of sources should you be using for your research paper – and why?