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should incorporate your text per the guidelines as well as the film, Inequality for All, by Jacob Kombluth. The paper must be structured around the three strategies for survival during the economic stagnation of the last forty years: 1) women entering the workforce, 2) working longer hours, and 3) incurring more debt.
The following points must be followed when writing your papers, failure to do so will result in significant point reductions.
- First, you must submit your paper as a Word document or PDF file. NO other file formats will be accepted.
- You must use the exam template found in the Guidelines module via the Contents link in Beachboard. Thus, your paper must be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman 12 point font. You must also use default Word margins.
- Include your name and student number in the Header—a cover page is not required.
- Please see your syllabus for the number of papers required, the length of each paper, and any rules concerning submission deadlines. Each paper is meant to measure your understanding of the concepts presented in this course.
- Your paper must show a basic university-level writing competence. This means your paper should include the following components: an introduction with thesis statement, the body of your analysis, and a conclusion.
- The paper must not be a summary. However, keep in mind that a short and clear summary is acceptable—usually one to two paragraphs.
- By not summarizing many students fall into the trap of losing sight of the assignment (article or movie review) as the point of reference. You should keep your reactions focused on the assignment and react to what you’ve determined to be the main points.
- A critical response to must be informed by the course text. Thus, you must cite your text! As a rule of thumb you should be citing your text throughout your paper. Any other references in your papers are acceptable, but your text is the principal source.
- Keep in mind, citing does not equate to five quotations. Citations cover paraphrasing and ideas taken from the text or any other source. In addition, do not cite lectures or PowerPoint presentations.
- Do not to compare-and-contrast with your text reading. The course text must inform your reaction, just as if you were writing a research paper.
- You must provide a works cited page.
- Finally, avoid using contractions (aren’t, they’re, isn’t . . .). A general rule of thumb for university writing is to avoid using contractions.
Here are citation guidelines from the American Sociological Association (ASA) that you are required to use:
- Basic forms for citations in the text include the last name of the author(s) and year of publication. Include page number when you quote directly from the work or refer to specific passages.
- If author’s name is in the text, follow it with the publication year in parentheses:
- When Chu (1997) studied…
- According to Gilbert (2014), . . .
- If the author’s name is not in the text, enclose the last name and year in parentheses:
- When the study was completed…(Rahal 2004)
- If the page number is to be included it follows the year of publication after a colon:
- …(Chavez 1966:16)
- For two authors use both their last names:
- In text: According to Hytrek and Hernández Márquez (2013) . . .
- Not in text: (Thompson and Hickey 2008).
- For three authors, provide first and last names for the first citation (Smith, Garcia and Lee 1954)
- Thereafter, use the last name of the first author followed by et al. (Smith et al. 1954);
- For more than three names, use the first author’s last name plus et al.
- Quotations in the text must begin and end with quotation marks; the citation follows the end quote mark and precedes the period:
- “In 1999, however, the data were reported by more specific job types which showed that technologically oriented jobs paid better” (Hildenbrand 1999:47).
- Citing a source present in another source requires you to cite the actual source you’re utilizing. For example, if your text cites Anderson, your citation will not be (Anderson 2012), but rather (Anderson in Kerbo 2012).