CLASS REQUIREMENT # 2A 1500 WORD MINIMUM TERM PAPER:
-THE CLASS TEXT: The text for the course is Born to Talk by Hulit and Howard.
There are five editions out there now. Any one of them will work with some minor
adjustments, but the 5th Edition s highly recommended.
A term paper of no less than 1500 words will be written on a Topic, which you should
select from a list of Language Development Hypotheses. This list is provided at the
very end of this survival message. The Term Paper is to present a discussion based on a
minimum of three articles, books or chapters in a book (excluding the class Text, of
course), that describe, or support or refute the hypothesis you have selected from the
list. A minimum of three citations with references in APA format will be included at
the end of the paper. An example of APA format is also provided in the Class
Requirements Section of the online Class.
Also, at the end of the paper you should include a short Appendix, which will answer
1. What were the databases used to find each article. (For example in the
Communicative Disorders Multisearch example shown below we searched ten
Data Bases but found most of our articles in PubMed.)
2. What was the search strategy which was used, i.e., the search words used in
each database to find the articles. (In the example below, we used the terms
Television and (Language Development). We put the last two terms in
brackets so that the computer would link Television to both terms and not just
3. Was each article cited an example of Primary or Secondary research? As
defined by the Library at UC Berkley, Primary sources were either created
during the time period being studied, or were created at a later date by a
participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs) and they
reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources
enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened
during an historical event or time period.
A secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event
or phenomenon. It is generally at least one step removed from the event.
Examples include scholarly or popular books and articles, reference books,