You must have at least 12 listed sources in your final annotated bibliography, three of them from scholarly sources. You should also include sources I suggested and that you used in the paper.
It may be the case that your earlier drafts did not include a conclusion. Your final draft needs to have a conclusion. Don’t just leave the reader off in the middle of a discussion. Bring your argument together. For help with that check here.
Finally, and just as a reminder, at this point you should have produced a thoroughly revised and polished, systematic research paper that represents your best and most thoughtful work.
The paper needs to be 8-10 pages, double-spaced Times New Roman font. I don’t care so much about the precise margins you use, but I’ll notice if you’re using them to extend a paper that isn’t long enough; that includes extra space between paragraphs — don’t do that!
Throughout your paper you must cite sources using an accepted style. Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is preferred for political science but you can use APA or MLA if you like. Just remain consistent in your usage throughout your project.
Include a title page at the front of your paper, and a properly formatted annotated bibliography at the end (neither of which count towards your 8-10 pages). The title page is on a separate page from the start of your written pages and (again) does not count as part of the required 8-10 pages (number your pages, but do not number the title page).
IN ADDITION to your textbook and any appropriate sources I’ve included in the course schedule, you must use at least 12 ADDITIONAL outside sources that you track down on your own. At least THREE of those sources need to be scholarly sources from a peer reviewed journal or a university press book. You can find scholarly journal articles at JSTOR, which can be found in the electronic resources available through the find scholarly articles. Aside from your scholarly sources take special care to avoid “fake news” or otherwise useless sources to build your argument. Challenge yourself to read beyond just those sources that align with your argument. You will lose major points if your paper ends up reading like a political rant, or if it is based on unreliable sources.
Your final paper must include an annotated bibliography. You can limit your annotations to approximately 50 words.
Your topic must be focused on topic/problem related to international relations, and you must tie some section of our Essentials of International Relations text to your discussion in a logical and substantive way.
You must incorporate into your analysis AT LEAST ONE of the major theories of international relations that we consider during Module 1 – so, you should use realism, liberalism, constructivism, radicalism (Marxism), AND/OR feminism to help frame, evaluate, and/or interpret your topic. (Remember, you only need use one of these, but you do need to use at least one!)
The final draft of your paper is worth 200 points. The preliminary steps along the way are worth 30 points each, for a total of 260 points for the project as a whole.
|INTEGRATION OF KNOWLEDGE||The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts integral to the project’s stated objectives. Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights. The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas.||The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts integral to the project’s stated objectives. Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper.||The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts integral to the project’s stated objectives.||The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts integral to the project’s stated objectives.|
|The topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment. A thesis statement provides direction for the paper, either by statement of a position or hypothesis.||The topic is focused but lacks direction. The paper is about a specific topic but the writer has not established a position.||The topic is too broad for the scope of this assignment.||The topic is not clearly defined.|
|DEPTH OF DISCUSSION||In-depth discussion & elaboration in all sections of the paper.||In-depth discussion & elaboration in most sections of the paper.||The writer has omitted pertinent content or content runs-on excessively. Quotations from others outweigh the writer’s own ideas excessively.||Cursory discussion in all the sections of the paper or brief discussion in only a few sections.|
|COHESIVENESS||Ties together information from all sources. Paper flows from one issue to the next without the need for headings. Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.||For the most part, ties together information from all sources. Paper flows with only some disjointedness. Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.||Sometimes ties together information from all sources. Paper does not flow – disjointedness is apparent. Author’s writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.||Does not tie together information. Paper does not flow and appears to be created from disparate issues. Headings are necessary to link concepts. Writing does not demonstrate understanding any relationships|
|SPELLING & GRAMMAR||No spelling &/or grammar mistakes.||Minimal spelling &/or grammar mistakes.||Noticeable spelling & grammar mistakes.||Unacceptable number of spelling and/or grammar mistakes.|
|SOURCES||10 or more outside sources, of which at least 3 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. Sources include both general background sources and specialized sources. Special-interest sources and popular literature are acknowledged as such if they are cited. All web sites utilized are authoritative. Incorporates ideas/information from course materials when appropriate and in a substantive manner.||7 outside sources, of which at least 2 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are authoritative. Incorporates ideas/information from course materials when appropriate and in a substantive manner.||5 or 6 outside sources, or fewer than 2 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are credible. Incorporates ideas/information course materials but misses important opportunities to do so.||Fewer than 5 outside sources, or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. Not all web sites utilized are credible, and/or sources are not current. Does not incorporate ideas/information from course materials in a substantive manner and/or when appropriate.|
|CITATIONS||Cites all data obtained from other sources, and in a properly formatted style throughout the paper and bibliography.||Cites most data obtained from other sources, and is properly formatted for the most part throughout the paper and bibliography.||Cites some data obtained from other sources. Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.||Does not cite sources.|
Adapted from: Example 1: Research Paper Rubric http://www.cornellcollege.edu/LIBRARY/faculty/focusing-on-assignments/tools-for-assessment/research-paper-rubric.shtml
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