Religious Research Paper

Religious Research Paper

The Research Paper Instructions

(Due Tuesday, 11/16/21:  100 points: 1500–2000+ words)

The Subject: The subject of your paper should be how a particular religious group adapted to a particular change, or set of changes, in its social and cultural environment.  Choose your topic from the “Research Topics Suggestion List”, or you may propose a different topic and report it back to me on the Research Idea Proposal Form, which is due in class on Thursday 10/28/21.


Lay out your paper in clearly defined sections.  I recommend the following outline:


Title Page:  Choose a title that tells the reader something about the problems the paper will address.  Subtitle is as Research Paper.  Also be sure to add your name and the name of the course (REL 110: World Religions)



A.      State the question you will answer and why it should be important to the reader.  Be sure that you explain the question clearly and provide whatever background information is necessary for the understanding of this argument. 

B.      Answer the question as concisely as possible and give at least three reasons why your argument is the best answer to the question.


Body and Argument:  The reasons stated in the introduction will from your argument.  Make each of sections within the body of the paper.  The best way to give this section the cohesion and coherence it requires is to make sure that the topic sentence of each paragraph directly addresses the reason that defines the section in which the paragraph resides.  If there are important counter-arguments that any well-informed reader might encounter, you will need to state them clearly and clearly explain why they are inferior to your argument.


Conclusion:  Briefly summarize the reasons your argument answers the question show how you have supported those reasons convincingly.


Bibliography: This should distinguish between the sources you consulted and those you actually cited in the text of the paper. Bibliographical entries on electronic sources should include all information necessary to find them, such as the web address, CD-Title, and Publisher, etc.  They should also include the date you accessed them, and all information related to an original printed source if there is one.


Format: The proposal should take the format of one of the major manuals of academic style.  It can be in that of the MLA.  In addition, observe the following guidelines:

1.      Use 1 ½ inch margins on the left and right,

2.      Use a 12-point font in a standard style, such as New Times Roman, rather than decorative fonts.

3.      Double-space all text including bibliographical listings. 

4.      Print page numbers on each page.

5.      Staple your paper in the top left corner.  Do not hand in drafts of your work in folders, covers, etc.

6.      I will not accept papers without citations, either in text or in foot notes. You should use the citation and bibliographical format of MLA.  Consult the format handbook you got for your English 101 class, or go to this web-based guide to writing formats:

Religious Research Paper

Religious Research Paper

Research paper: Students will write a research paper. This paper will consist of an eight to 15 page, paper on the ethical stand of a particular religion on an issue (abortion, euthanasia, ecology, etc.

The paper should be double-spaced with a 12-point sized type and should have a footnotes/reference page and a bibliography page. If the paper is written in APA style, a works-cited page is all that is necessary for citing references. Sources should also be cited in the text!

The student should notify the professor by Oct. 8 of the subject of the report.

Students who feel the need to interview people for the paper and need assistance in finding research material may contact the professor.

The deadline for submitting the research paper is Nov. 24, though it may be submitted earlier.

All papers will be electronically to a research paper dropbox. University of Tampa is using the plagiarism prevention software. is a web-based system designed to deter plagiarism, hold students accountable, determine the congruence of text to sources, and enhance teaching and student learning. Students may also receive an oral or written quiz on their paper.