If you're working on your term paper for Professor Hohl's Marriage and the Family (Soc 102) class, you've come to the right place. This guide will help you with your research and citations.
First, carefully read and reread your assignment from Professor Hohl.
Next, follow the steps in this guide in order to
create your thesis statement and develop your search strategies.
DIRECTIONS FOR RESEARCH PAPER
1. Select a sociological issue that impacts marriage and the family from the topics discussed in class, or from a Sociology in the News article.
2. Find a total of three articles: two articles from The New York Times and one article from a social science journal (e.g. The American Sociological Review, The Journal of Family Issues, etc). These articles cannot be ones that were assigned on the syllabus or Blackboard.
3. Your paper should answer the following questions:
1. What is the general topic that this paper is addressing?
2. What is the purpose of the research described in this paper?
3. What is/are the author(s) hypothesis/hypotheses?
4. What is/are the major conclusions(s) drawn by the author(s)? What do the results mean for the "real world"/ how do they apply to you and me?
5. Relate the two newspaper articles to the article from the social science journal. The newspaper articles can either support the findings in the social science journal, or it can disagree with its findings.
6. You do not need to attach copies of your three articles to your papers. Be certain, however, to provide full citations to them. (See below for an example of a Works Cited page in ASA citation)
7. Select one of the sociological perspectives: Exchange Theory, Systems Theory, Conflict Theory, or Symbolic Interactionism. Interpret the issue from this perspective. Your interpretation should reflect what you have learned from the readings. Also, be specific about which sociological perspective you are using in your paper (e.g., "I will use the Symbolic Interactionist perspective to explain....").
8. The final draft of the paper must be between 3 and 5 pages in length.
De Géa, Béatrice. Ana Perez, 35, Shares Her Harlem Apartment with Her Three Children and Fiancé, Julian Hill, 39. 2014. New York. The New York Times. Web. 9 Oct. 2014.