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PSYC 200 Term Paper – Spring 2010 Topic Due: 2/17/10 Paper Due Date: 5/5/2010 Point Value: 50 pts. Purpose: To discuss a career direction in psychology or psychological services that is of interest to you. To showcase you ability to conform to APA style and the rules of formal English. Content Requirements: Describe your interest (or lack of interest) in a specific psychology-related career. o Why you are interested, brief history of your interest, etc. Provide a brief history of the career o How it got started / who is considered the “pioneer” o What workers in the field are doing today Describe the nature of the career itself o What is the nature of the work you would be doing in this career? o Try to describe some (1-2) of the key issues workers in this career deal with. o Is this career in academia, government, private industry, non-profit, etc.? Length and Formatting: Your paper must contain the main sections of an APA manuscript: o Title Page o Abstract o Body o References (at least 2, you’ll probably use more; 1 must be a peer-reviewed source) The Body of the paper should contain the following o An introductory paragraph o Headings that separate the paper into logical sections o Answers to the above questions, in any order that you see fit (as long as it makes logical sense). o A closing paragraph The Body should be no longer than 4 pages (you’ll have to be consise—answer the questions without extensive elaboration) and no shorter than 2 ½ pages. Follow all APA formatting guidelines concerning spacing, font size/style, numbers, word choice, etc. Recommendations: I formally encourage all students to submit their papers to their peers or the ARC writing center for revision, proof-reading, etc. (only AFTER you’ve thoroughly attempted your own revisions / proofreading). HOWEVER, you and only you are the author of your paper. If you plagiarize by quoting a source without giving credit or letting someone else write your paper (or a part of your paper) for you, you will receive a zero on this assignment. I want quality more than quantity. You will receive a higher grade for a 2 ½-page paper with no errors than a 4-page paper with one error.
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