Term Paper Instructions
These are the instructions for the 2021-2022 school year, for the required Term Paper. You must complete the term paper to pass the course. Unless you have been in a previous psychology course, this paper will be a unique experience for you. The purposes of the assignment are threefold:
First, to teach you APA style; Second, to teach you to use the databases in the online library to locate scientific journal articles; and finally, to help you to write a paper based on scientific research rather than opinion. To accomplish the objectives, you must pay close attention to instructions and to the details of the assignment.
The first thing that you should know is that the paper you will write is not an essay. Essays are ways of expressing opinions, and although you will express your opinion in the last section of the paper, it must be a supported opinion, that is with evidence.
The paper is required to pass the course, and it is required that you put forth a good effort on it, and not just wing it, a paper that does not follow the instructions will not be accepted.
The first thing you should do is to locate the library website, you can find it by going to the Dallas college, Edu main page, and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Click on the link that says Libraries.
After clicking on the Libraries link, you will be taken to a page that shows a column labeled, Research Tools, the first link after that says, Academic Search Complete, click on it.
This takes you into a database where you can search for your terms (you will first need to log in). Once on the search page, click the box for Scholarly articles, enter your search terms, like “Psychology of Cults” and click return.
You may need to narrow your search by putting in the dates from 2016 to 2021, you should focus on publications from the last five years. You can then begin to gather data.
You will need three to five solid references, they must be from psychology-related academic journals, published in the last five years, and must be in the Library Databases.