Research Paper – Formatting Guide (Spring 2021).pdf
INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS & SECURITY DSC 2590
Research Paper – Formatting Guide
For the purpose of completing this particular paper, please follow the listed guidelines:
The first page of your paper should be a cover page, to include:
1. Course Title – 1” Margin
2. Paper Title, Submitted By:
Name, Date (Double Spaced)
3. College, Term – 1” Margin
DCS 2590 – Intelligence Analysis & Security
Submitted By: Student Name
Submitted By: Name
The abstract page should be titled “Abstract”. The abstract should be typed in block
format. The abstract should not be indented. The abstract should be a brief,
comprehensive summary of the contents of the paper. It should not exceed 120
words in length.
Each page of your paper, excluding the cover and abstract page must have a header.
The header should contain a short title, page number and a running title.
Paper Length and Spacing
The paper is expected to be approximately 6 to 7 pages in length, no to exceed 8
pages. This does not include the cover page, abstract and references. The paper
should be doulble spaced, with 1” margins on all four sides. Indent each paragraph
with 5 spaces. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman (12 points) or Arial
(11 ponits) font. The paper should not be right justified or blocked.
Care should be taken to give proper credit to sources from which you obtain
Direct quotes should be enclosed in double quotation marks and reference the source,
year of publication, and page number of the quotes.
Web and Electronic Sources
Most electronic journals (e-journals) or database sources will be in PDF format. If you
have a PDF copy of an journal / database article, it is considered to be the same as
having the original, or a photocopy of the text itself. PDF documents are therefore
cited using the standard referencing conventions as outlined for direct quotes or
Websites are increasingly used as sources of information, but they generally do not
have page numbers. To reference a webpage, you need to provide the following:
• author / organisation’s name (or sponser of site if no author)
• year of publication
• section heading or paragraph number.
The reference page should contain a short title, page number, and be titled
“References”. Follow standard APA referencing guidelines for books and internet
Term Paper Rubric.pdf
DSC 2590 – INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS & SECURITY
Research Paper Grading Rubric
Category Standard Description Comments Score
Conveys topic and key
delineates subtopics to be
reviewed. States the
outcome of the paper.
All material clearly related
to subtopics, main topic
and logically organized
within subtopics. Clear,
varied transitions linking
subtopics, and main topic.
Sources well selected to
support topic and
intelligence references in
support of topic.
Strong review of
integration with thesis
impact of researched
material on topic.
Grammatical errors or
spelling errors are rare and
do not detract from paper
guide. Includes all
All references and
citations are correctly
written and presented.
Final Comments Final
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