The Research Paper should demonstrate a greater understanding of a topic in psychology beyond the information presented in the course textbook. The eight- to ten-page paper (excluding title and reference pages) should integrate research findings into a cohesive, well-written paper with references written in proper APA format. It may include personal experience in order to explain, inform, and as examples. It should include summary and/or concluding paragraphs.
Additionally, the purpose of the Research Paper is for the student to culminate the learning achieved in the course by describing understanding and applying knowledge in psychology. It is also intended to facilitate the development of research techniques, critical thinking, and writing skills.