Research Paper:

The topic for your research paper can be anything pertaining to border and coastal security. If you prefer, please contact me to have a topic assigned to you.

Port Security, Port Facility Operations, Maritime Transportation System, Piracy (piracy on the high seas), Transnational Organized Crime, Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking, Illegal Immigration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Coast Guard. Please have your topic choice approved by me before proceeding (submit topic choice by the end of week 2).

You are to prepare your paper in a word document submit as an attachment (Times New Roman, Font 12-double space) using APA style format (“Resources” and APA info attached below). Your research paper should be 10-12 pages of content excluding your title page and reference page. A minimum of 10 outside references required. Additionally, you are to include a title page, defined “abstract”, and reference page. Your research paper must be an original work and you cannot recycle a paper that you prepared and submitted to any other class (refer to your “student handbook” for the University plagiarism policy). Your research paper is due in week 6.


When you submit your paper it will be automatically sent to Turnitin and checked for plagiarism. It is important that you closely review your Turnitin report and similarity score. No amount of copying is acceptable (allowance for references and quotes). Quotes should not consist of more than 10% of your content. I am looking for your own thoughts in your own words so I do not want to see excessive cited material. However, cited references used to support your work must be properly cited in APA style format.

Please follow these requirements and format to optimize your grade points. This paper is due at the end of week 6 as indicated in the syllabus. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.


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