Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Paper
Final Paper: A Literature Review
Conduct a literature review (see Bem, 2016). You will review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis). The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest. However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must obtain permission from your instructor prior to writing/submitting the paper. It is up to the instructorâ€s discretion to allow/disallow alternative topics. Here are some ideas you might choose to explore:
- Accuracy of Proverbs
- Example: â€œDonâ€t judge a book by its coverâ€ or â€œBeauty is a good letter of introductionâ€? In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance alone?
- Example: â€œAbsence makes the heart grow fonderâ€ or â€œOut of sight, out of mindâ€? In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?
- Example: â€œBirds of a feather flock togetherâ€ or â€œOpposites attractâ€? In other words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?
- Impact of Titles/Labels
- Example: How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?
- Example: How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact peopleâ€s mental processes and behaviors?
- Example: Does true altruism exist? What motivates people to help?
- Explanatory Style
- Example: Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?
- Persuasive Appeals
- Example: How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?
- Example: Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?
- School Size
- Example: Do students fare better in big schools or small schools? Why?
- Example: What is the theory behind â€œreverse psychologyâ€?
- Gender Differences
- Example: in aggression, sex, etc.
- A Form of Prejudice
- Example: fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.
- Psychology and the Law
- Example: jury behavior, etc.
- Other: Must be approved by your instructor in advance!
The Final Paper
- Must be at least 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- A header
- Title of paper
- Studentâ€s name
- Course name and number
- Instructorâ€s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
- Must utilize academic voice.
- Must address the topic with critical thought.
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms the thesis.
- Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.
- Be sure to integrate your research smoothly rather than simply inserting it.
- In general, paraphrase material rather than using direct quotes.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined here and here.
- Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style.
- Must be submitted to Grammarly for review and correction prior to submitting.
Submitting to Grammarly:
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Before you submit your written assignment, review the
The Grammarly Guide: How to Set Up & Use Grammarly tutorial, set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.
To use Grammarly:
- Go to https://app.grammarly.com/ (and log in if needed).
- Click on â€œUploadâ€ (located under â€œNewâ€) and upload your paper.
- Grammarly will scan your paper for errors and issues.
- To read about the errors Grammarly found, click on the â–¼expand button.
- To accept Grammarlyâ€s suggestion, click on the green wording suggestion (if applicable).
- To ignore Grammarlyâ€s suggestion, click on the â€œxâ€ or the â€œignoreâ€ button.
- Finally, once you have made all of your corrections, click on the â†“ downward arrow icon in the left navigation pane and select â€œDownload.â€ This will create a Word document with your corrections. Note: You might have to remove or delete any lingering track changes or comment bubbles before submitting your paper.
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