Students have the opportunity to choose between one of two topics (listed below) and become an expert in that topic, writing an eight-page literature
review (11-12 pages including the title page, abstract page, and reference sheet(s) at the end) addressing the most important things that the student learned
from reviewing the research and other information on the subject. Students may choose topics related to either (1) sexuality within marriage, or (2) family
finance. Students are encouraged to narrow their research topic to a specific topic related to one of these two categories (i.e., communication regarding
sexuality in marriage, how pornography affects marriage, communication regarding money in marriage, husband and wife differences in money behavior,
What should your paper look like? You will pick a topic such as “How Pornography Affects Marriage,” for example. Then you will organize your paper by
subtopics, such as (1) How pornography affects husbands in marriage, (2) wives in marriage, and (3) children in the family. For the husband section, you will
find all of the articles that you can in which the researchers have studied how pornography affects husbands, and you will review and write a review of that
literature (i.e., “This is what these researchers have to say about this topic, and this is what these other researchers have to say about this topic”), and then
you will move on to the next subtopic, such as “how pornography affects wives in marriage”, and review all of the literature on that topic and write a review
based on what many articles say about that specific topic. All of the subheadings in your paper should be related to the main topic, which is, in this example,
“How pornography affects marriage.”
The paper should be double-spaced, times new roman, 12 point font, 1-inch margins. The title page, abstract, and reference pages do NOT count toward the
number of pages. KEEP IT to 8 WRITTEN PAGES. NO MORE, NO LESS.
Students are expected to find at least twelve, but preferably 15 or more different scholarly peer-reviewed research articles published in professional journals
that they will use to review in their paper and document on their reference sheet in APA format. Website references, magazine articles, news articles, or
books are NOT allowed as references, only scholarly peer-reviewed articles that have been published in professional journals will count toward
the total number of references. This is not a persuasive argument type of paper, but a project in which students learn from scholarly, peer-reviewed
research articles, and then report the information (in their own words) that they have found. At the end of the paper, students should take the final page
(eighth written page) to explain their opinion as to why this topic is important, why there should be more studies on this topic, and/or final major points to
consider, in a final section with the heading “Discussion.”
It is highly recommended that students begin this project early in the semester and approach the instructor with any questions as they are working on the
project to ensure that it is completed correctly and completely. For this final project, no papers will be accepted late, and no corrections may be made after
submitting the project.
References should be cited within the paper as the information is presented (according to APA guidelines). Your in-text citations should look like this after
you are done paraphrasing information from an article (Smith, 2014). The in-text citation is simply the author’s late name and year the article was published.
At the end of the paper (not included in the eight pages), students should use the reference page where they list all of the sources that they used to obtain
information for the research paper. This reference page should be written in APA format (see template).
IMPORTANT: Students will save their project as a .pdf file and submit the completed project via Canvas. Students use a variety of different programs to type
their papers. Saving the project as a .pdf file makes them all uniform so that we can open all files that are submitted. If your file is saved as a Word (.doc) or
text (.txt) file, or anything other than .pdf, your file will not be accepted by canvas. An easy way to save your file is to use google docs to type your paper, and
then save the file as a .pdf file. You are responsible to figure out how to save your file in the correct format before the due date so that you do not run into
any last minute drama because you can’t figure out how to save the file correctly. Plan ahead and get it done correctly or your paper will not be accepted.
Instructions to search for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles: (Note: You may need to be connected to the campus internet to have access to the database, or
you may need to login with your Snow College Username and Password. Please call snow college (435-283-7000) if you are having problems accessing