RELG 109 – Term Paper Information Term Paper requirements: o 6 pages (1400-1600 words) of content (not including cover page, references, etc. o Introduction, Body, and Conclusion (outline presented in Week Five) o Information from the textbook and at least 2 other reliable academic sources (peer-reviewed articles, for example – not internet websites) o MLA style: spacing, font size, margins, etc. o In-text citations and a reference page, properly formatted Term Paper topics: Pick one to develop into your term paper Chapter 2: Explain the cultural diversity of indigenous groups. Include 2-3 specific indigenous groups from different continents and explore the following topics: · commonalities and differences between the groups · lifestyle and culture · relationships to other religions It would be good to include ways in which indigenous groups are in the news currently. Term Paper References: Use the following sources for your research. Textbook: Living Religions, Fisher & Rinehart Credo Reference (search for Religion and then narrow your search) Encyclopedia of Religion (encyclopedias are acceptable for deepening a definition or other basic information only) Gale in Context/Opposing Viewpoints (click on Browse All Topics – then click on a topic like: Religious Issues, Politics & Religion, Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions, or other specific topics) JSTOR (Click on History – then click on Religion as limitations on a search for your topic) ProQuest Religion (fill in your advanced search) Ranked Journals: https://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?area=1200&category=1212 This is a ranking of journals that deal with topics on religion. The higher the SJR number, the more important the journal. You can copy the title of a journal from this list and then use the Mercy library to search for the journal. Then search for articles about your topic within that journal. For current news, use the following links: https://religionnews.com/ https://www.npr.org/sections/religion/ https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/religion-and-belief https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/ You might also find articles that have to do with religion in other sections, like Politics, Sociology, etc. but it will likely take more searching. Mechanics: · Use MLA Format (Check the Mercy Library for the latest information on proper MLA style.) · Word or Pages submitted in Blackboard. · Title page with your Name, Professor Name, Course name/number, Date, Paper Title · 1” margins on all four sides of every page. · Double spaced. 12-point type font. Arial or Times New Roman. · Indent first line of each paragraph. Start a new paragraph for every new idea. · Quotes should be less than 20 words, within quotation marks, and cited with the author’s name and page number in parentheses before the period. · Summaries and paraphrases of any recourse material must also be cited. If resource material is used more than once in a paragraph, it needs to be cited each time. · Cited material should be a small percentage of your paper – for this paper, not more than 200-300 words. · Correct punctuation in every sentence, correct spelling of every word, correct grammar throughout the paper. Grading Rubric for Term Paper – 15 points Summary is worth 3 points of the 15, applied when paper is graded. The topics for the term have been shared in advance. The Research Summary, (an outline, including argument and references) will be submitted in Blackboard in Week 6. The final Term Paper will be submitted in Blackboard in Week 11. Appropriate resources also have been shared in advance. The textbook and at least two other reliable sources should be used in the final paper. Those used should be properly cited and referenced according to MLA style. Section Word count 6 pages = 1400-1600 words Content Introduction 250-300 words A. Thesis B. Engagement C. 3 Main Points Your writing – no citations! 5% Body 900-1200 words A. 1st Main Point B. 300-400 words C. At least one academic source, cited, referenced. 20% A. 2nd Main Point B. 300-400 words C. At least one academic source, cited, referenced. 20% A. 3rd Main Point B. 300-400 words C. At least one academic source, cited, referenced. 20% Conclusion 250-300 words A. Conclusion that ties up your paper. Again, your writing – no citations! 10% Mechanics Style, Grammar, Organization, Safe Assign, Tone 10% Research Summary 15% The outline should include an introduction, the main body (arguments), and a conclusion. The reference section should include at least three academic sources that you expect to use. A low Safe Assign number is required on the term paper; plagiarized submissions will not be graded.
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