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HD FS 315Y: Family Development

Guide to finding scholarly journal and other sources for course essays, citing sources in APA style, and formatting your paper in APA style.

Your Writing Assignments

Writing assignments involving research in academic sources include: 

  • Research Paper
    Each student will be required to complete a research paper that explores a topic, or position related to family studies. This paper will consist of 6-8 pages not including title and reference pages. References must include at least two independent sources and at least four total citations. The sources must be properly cited within the paper and follow APA style formatting. Rough draft papers will be due by September 25, 2017. Final papers will be due by October 6, 2017.
  • Personal Narrative Essay
    Each student will be required to write a "Personal Narrative Essay." This paper will consist of 6-8 pages not including title and reference pages. Reference must include at least two independent sources and at least four total citations. The sources must be properly cited within the paper and follow APA style formatting. Rough draft papers will be due by November 10, 2017. Final papers will be due by December 1, 2017. The references should include course material, discussions, cultural, religious/spiritual beliefs, etc. (e.g., African American Matriarchal Hierarchy, Catholic views on marriages and children).
    • Independent sources might include newspapers and other primary source material.