Social Research Paper
To hypothesize about how people think on some real
world issue, as prompted to or inspired by it from the
course topic of science, religion,
and magic, and then to find an answer that will
either confirm or refute that hypothesis.
complete this assignment you must first accomplish read
Field Guide, Part 4: 28-33 and 38 and then determine
a research question appropriate for social research. You
are looking to answer a question or assumption that you
have about something that you think other people think
or believe about science, religion, and magic, or some
issue related to those topics.
use surveys as your primary research tool to support your
research question, although you might also use other
research as slight secondary or tertiary support.
Your paper will be
evaluated upon your research methods--whether your
survey questions logically address the hypothesis,
whether you have accounted for bias without directly
exposing your hypothesis, whether you have surveyed
credible people who have some experience with the
subject of your question, etc., as well as on how well
you adapt your writing to a different audience and
style. Whether your initial
hypothesis is found to be correct or not does not
matter. What matters is how you arrive at your
For this paper, you want to limit your focus to a topic
narrow enough to be addressed in three to four pages,
which will likely result in a paper of at least six
pages by the time you are through with it. You may
quote from a poem, essay, novel, or film to get into the
issue and to explain why the issue is important, but,
again, the important support to address the hypothesis
must be obtained through field research. This
field research will be conducted and attained through
use of SurveyMonkey.com, using the free portion of their
site. I will expect you to form a question that
pertains to community college students in some way, and
I will distribute these surveys to all of my students
will reveal your hypothesis and its conclusion in your
introduction. The next section of your paper should
detail your research methods. Then you should explain
your research findings, and finally detail those results
to come to your conclusion. At the end of your paper,
just prior to your bibliography, you will include an
appendix of survey questions and/or interview questions
(if you had any).
You will not turn in the actual survey and interview
results or responses, although you may certainly quote
from them to illustrate opinions in your paper. You
should save those materials so that if any questions
arise, you can show your data to address them. After
you've compiled you paper, make sure you proofread.
Likewise, you may still have your essay read by a reader
in the Writing Center on campus, but if you do so, as
always, make sure you bring in a copy of this assignment
sheet with your draft and remember that the lab requires
a 48 hour turn around time, so plan ahead. As always,
having your paper at the lab is not a valid excuse for
attempting to turn it in late.
main difficulties you may have in this paper will be in
narrowing your focus enough and in generating a
non-biased survey instrument to collect data.
Format: This essay
should be double-spaced, carefully edited and proofread,
before you turn it in. As far as style, you should
follow APA for this paper, which is the style used by
the American Psychological Association. This paper
should be at least three to four pages in length with
one-inch margins, not including the bibliography page.
Check your syllabus for the
paper's due date, remembering that it will be due in
advance of that date for Peer Review.
Potential Paper Topics
People who feel
strongly religious may be more skeptical about
vaccinations than those who do not feel very religious.
are generally more comfortable with fantasy fiction that
uses witchcraft as a literary device than are older
people can separate their religious beliefs from fiction
more readily than they can separate them from their