Your APA-style research essay will begin with a Title Page and end with References.
I provide a sample student essay in APA format. Note that it includes additional info that your final papers will need, such as an abstract.
As usual for APA essays in our class, use Times New Roman font, size 12. Standard 1″ margins. Double-spaced. Page numbers inserted in upper-right corner. Running head capitalized in upper-left corner; the running head is an abbreviated version of your title.
You must also create (not copy/paste) an original graph as a visual aid in your essay. In Word: Insert > Chart.
Use at least five sources; three should come from Coastline’s Online Library or Google Scholar (see the Week 5 Module for videos about how to do this).
You may use and quote the articles linked in this week’s Modules.
ESSAY TOPIC: Design a society that fosters the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
To do so, you’ll create policies and rationalize them using evidence from your research.
You’ll need to define clearly your terms (happiness, greatest number, etc.).
Organization: Your essay will have an introduction paragraph, five body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph–a beginning, middle, and end.
Total length (including title page, abstract, your content, and the References page):
First page = Title page
Second page = Abstract with key words
Next few pages = one intro paragraph, exactly four body paragraphs, and one conclusion paragraph = SIX total paragraphs
Final page = References
Each body paragraph must include one to two quotations with citations from your research.
Your body paragraphs will zoom in on four or more national interests. Examples include: class, race, ideologies (belief systems, religions, and so on), urban design, architecture, transportation, renewable resources, leadership / system of government, arts (painting, literature, music, film), military, cuisine, physical / mental health of citizens, entertainment, invented history, scientific innovation / research, technology, health care, family structure, economic policies, business practices, imports / exports, geographic location, topography, natural habitat…. and any others you can think of.
To reiterate: You are creating a new, imaginary society. Although a research paper, this is also a form of creative writing. Pick four or more national interests on which to focus. Support your proposed policies with concrete evidence from EBSCO articles and other online research.
For inspiration refer to the linked essays on happiness and society.
Be sure to create an outline, organize your ideas into sections, and use transitions to signal shifts from section to section.
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