Final Paper Criteria & Topic Guide/Outline
· APA Format (to include title page, content, references; must be properly formatted)
· 5 pages of content (title page and references not included)
· Thesis statement in intro and conclusion
· 2 Correlating variables with 3 supporting factors
· Minimum of 5 references (text may be used but does not count as part of the 5)
· References must be empirical, scholarly, peer reviewed (access via Library Guides).
Topic Guide/Outline
To begin:
· Choose a topic of interest; there should be a balance of interest and challenge. Be sure you can manage the topic (avoid too complex, too broad, and too specialized topics; i.e., disorders, therapeutic approaches). Your topic should be developed within the context of Adjustment.
· Once you have a topic, you can as yourself questions to help you develop your hypothesis
· You will then turn your questions into solid claims and organize into a thesis statement
· You may then begin your research to find support/references for your thesis statement and claims (which you will make throughout the body of your work).
· Once you have gathered enough research you may begin to write J
Example of topic to thesis development:
1. Topic: Authenticity and Self-Image Development
2. Supports: increased self-esteem, enhanced life satisfaction, strengthened autonomy and self-efficacy
3. Thesis statement: Research has shown that Authenticity and self-image development co-vary significantly. Greater authenticity has been associated with positive factors of self-image such as (A) increased self-esteem, (B) enhanced life satisfaction, and (C) strengthened autonomy and self-efficacy.
The content of your paper should include:
Introduction – in your intro you will be letting the reader know what your paper will contain. This will include your thesis statement.
Research supporting A – this paragraph/section should focus on the first in the order of factors you stated in your thesis statement. Be sure to end this paragraph/section with a transition sentence.
Research supporting B – 2nd supporting factor; be sure to transition.
Research Supporting C – 3rd supporting factor; be sure to transition to conclusion.
Conclusion – You will restate your thesis statement and bring your paper to a smooth close

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