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Introduction to Sociology - SOC 10

This guide will assist you on your sociological reflection paper for Prof. Frank Espinoza's Sociology 010 class.
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Social Issue Paper Guidelines - Prof. Frank Espinoza

Submit a well-written Sociological Reflection Paper.

Your Paper must include the following (12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced):

1) Cover Page (DO NOT include the cover page in the minimum word count).

2) Operational Definitions Page. You will define 5 concepts/topics identified from lectures/readings. Include your textbook's formal definition, followed by your expanded definition in your own words. Be sure to reference all of your sources, i.e. your textbook, and include in your References page. (Do not include the operational definitions page in the minimum word count).

3) Personal Reflection Paper. The focus of your paper will be a personal reflection on each of your identified concepts/topics. You will describe how each has impacted you personally. A minimum of five separate academic sources must be referenced in the text of the paper and included in the references page. You can also include a free website source (i.e., Pew Research Center or City of San Jose website), but only 1 is allowed. Articles and books from EVC Library are limitless. 

Your paper must be well written and in APA format. Personal Reflection paper must be a minimum of 1500 words with the total word count typed at the end of the paper.

4) References page (this is your bibliography page) - APA Style

Operational Definition:

An operational definition is used to add clarity to an abstract variable, term, or object. It can transform an abstract theoretical concept into something concrete, observable, and measurable. Operational definitions are crucial to the research process and are often the most controversial aspect of any research design.

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