Criminal Justice

Final Paper

You will be required to write a 10-page (minimum) paper on a drug-related topic of your choosing.  This is a position paper where you outline two opposing positions related to your topic and then draw conclusions.  You must include a minimum of ten (10) academic sources in your paper (referenced in your text and included in a “references” page).  Please double-space and use APA format.  Points will be deducted for errors, including grammatical, spelling and otherwise. All work must be original and not something turned in for another class.  The grading rubric for the final paper will be uploaded into Blackboard for your reference.  The cover page, abstract, and references section do NOT count toward the 10-page minimum requirement.

Research Paper Evaluation Rubric

Student Name: Topic of Paper:

Clearly stated primary topic and both sides of topic

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Appropriate selection of source materials/enough source materials

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Thorough coverage of major points/issues surrounding topic

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Materials organized into coherent discussion of topic

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Appropriate length (10 pages minimum)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Clearly written/understandable and logical

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Proper source citations and bibliographic format

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Mechanics – grammar, punctuation, spacing, page numbers and spelling

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Use of cover sheet and abstract/professional appearance

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Overall demonstration of knowledge about the topic researched

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Total Points (100 total possible): _________________

*(1=very unsatisfactory and 10=very satisfactory)

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