Instructions for the Term Paper: The purpose of the term paper is to provide you with the opportunity to explore an area of social psychology in depth. The paper is to be a 5-10 (4500 - 7000 words) page literature review of some topic pertinent to social psychology and will constitute 15% of your final grade.
All papers must reference a minimum of eight references from refereed journals (not Psychology Today or Newsweek, for example). Note: Do not rely heavily on popular literature, for example, a book you happen to see at Borders Books. Often, these books are not empirically based. Also, do not take the bulk of your paper from one source or from secondary sources. I want an integration, analysis, and critique of the current research literature relevant to your paper topic.
All papers must be typed, double-spaced, have 1 inch margins and in APA format. If you are in doubt as to what this means, see me for details. The American Psychological Association's Publication Manual can be purchased at the bookstore.
While you may already be familiar with the concept of a literature review and what it entails, I would like to just reiterate some basic information.
- The basic format and structure of a literature review is discussed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (remember, you are not conducting empirical research or writing a theoretical paper, thus the information concerning these two types of articles is not relevant for this class). The Publication Manual also provides all necessary information concerning referencing and writing style.
- You can find examples of literature reviews in psychology journals. These are articles not discussing a specific study conducted by the authors but rather reviews, evaluates, and critiques all of the research in a specific content area. Often, the words "a review of the literature" or simply "a review" will be part of the article title. My two articles on Ageism and Life Review are examples of small-scale literature reviews.
- Do's and Don'ts
For more information, see also:
Bem, D. J. (1995). Writing a review article for Psychological Bulletin.
Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172-177.
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