The research papers should be no longer than 7 pages of text. Most will contain some tables or graphs, which are
not included in the 7-page limitation. All pages should be paginated and should employ proper citation and
bibliographic form for a research paper. The papers should not be written in diary format (first I did this, then
I did that) but as if you wrote the paper to submit to a professional journal to be read by a political scientist
who was not familiar with our class, the assignment, etc.
Above all, your papers should demonstrate that you have taken this course, which means that you should incorporate
the concepts, theories, and findings covered in your texts, assigned readings on the web,
and my lectures.
To establish some uniformity in grading (and thus reliability and fairness), I require that your papers be structured
under four headings, which will form the basis of scoring them. The paper is worth 20 points out of 100
for the class. Each heading will earn points as noted below.