In 2-3 pages, using your own words and APA formatting, examine the connection between stalking and domestic violence. Be sure to discuss the laws surrounding both of these issues and any difficulties that may arise in detection and/or prosecution?
Grammar/Spelling- For a few of you, I have some concerns with your ability to construct a sentence that is free of grammar/spelling errors. Please don’t allow this to overwhelm you, but it is my responsibility to point this out to you. As you know, I did this by inserting “comments” directly on your paper. The majority of these comments were very simple (I am NOT an English teacher) and I believe could have been easily avoided if each were to locate someone you trust who would be willing to proofread your papers before you submit them. I do this all the time myself. It never ceases to amaze me how a “fresh” set of eyes can see a problem with my writing when I thought my paper was perfect.
“That”-I will admit this is a personal issue with me, but I can tell you the excessive, unnecessary use of the word “that” seemed to be a prevalent issue with the class, almost to the student. This habit can be very distractive to the reader and demonstrates poor grammar. The best way I can tell you to overcome this problem is anytime you use the word “that” in a sentence, go back and read the sentence leaving the word “that” out. If the sentence makes sense without the word, leave it out.
Spaces- Minor issue, but APA rules require two-spaces after every period.
I have attached a couple sample papers to this e-mail.
Paper Length-The paper length requirement does not include your Cover page, Reference page, or the Abstract page or the References page. The font should be set at a #12 font. In most cases (unless an instructor says no) it is okay if your paper goes longer than the minimum, but it should never be shorter than the minimum number of pages! Also, make sure you set your paper at a two (double) spaces between lines.
With the APA format, you need four separate subsections, the cover page, a page titled “Abstract” a page titled “Discussion” and the “References” page.
Cover page- includes the title of your paper, your name, and the University’s name.
Abstract Page- The abstract is a brief summary of the paper, allowing readers to quickly review the main points and purpose of the paper. The abstract should be between 150-250 words. Abbreviations and acronyms used in the paper should be defined in the abstract.
Discussion- The main body of your paper. With-in the main body, there must be a t least one in-text reference for every reference used on the References page.
References page-The part of the paper where you list all references used in your paper.
Citations (in-text and in References page sections) – The majority of you DID NOT list any in-text’” references in the body of your paper, NOR DID you include a References” page listing all references/citations used in your paper. A reference/citation gives credit to your sources of information. Without listing your sources, it could appear you are plagiarizing (using another’s work without acknowledging it is not your work) your paper. This is NEVER a good thing, especially in college. In-text references/citations should in the body of your paper anytime you use outside information (not your thought) and that reference/citation should match those listed on your Referencespage. Please note: The majority of you would have received at least one grade higher on your paper if you had included references/citations in your paper. This is a must and any future papers submitted without references/citations will not be given a passing grade! YOU MUST GIVE CREDIT TO ANY AND ALL SOURCES WHEN YOU USE THEIR RESEARCH, DATA ETC., IN YOUR PAPER! While you are allowed by University policy to use internet references/citations, I will give extra credit for anyone who uses non-internet sources! The last page of this e-mail includes a few examples of references/citations for your References page. Please reference the above listed websites for example of in-text references/citations.
A couple reference/citation side notes:
When a website is cited, I want the EXACT link to the page where you got your information, not a home page etc. When I grade papers, I must be able to reference the outside information you are using in your paper. Failure to follow this procedure will negate you getting credit for a reference/citation.
Many of you used Wikipedia as your reference/citation in your paper. Grantham University policy, as do my Course Policies, clearly states Wikipedia is NOT a recognized reference.
THE BOTTOM LINE- your paper MUST include;
- Cover page,
- An Abstract page where you BRIEFLY tell the reader what you are going to write about to include your “argument(s)” or points you intend to cover,
- A main body (“Discussion” page) where you go into detail over your main points. Your Discussion page MUST contain in-text references that relate directly to you references page listing so I know where you used the information from each reference in the main body of your essay,
- A References page where you list all references used in your paper.
Your paper must be supported by the MINIMUM of TWO of references/citations (one being from an outside, non GU source) and those must be readily identified in the text (in-text references) and on the References page.