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ARE MARRIED WOMEN HAPPIER THAN SINGLE WOMEN, AND IF SO WHY?

Summary
The purpose of this paper is to develop and answer a research question of sociological importance. You will develop a question and supporting hypotheses based on your reading of the previous literature on a topic of your choice. You will then test your hypotheses using data that you collect from qualitative and quantitative sources. Over the course of the semester, you will complete several smaller assignments that build towards the final paper. You will receive feedback on these smaller assignments and are required to incorporate the feedback into your final paper.
Organization
Your paper should be divided into the following sections and sub-sections:
I. Introduction
-This section must include your Research Question
II. Literature Review
III. Hypothesis
IV. Results
a. Qualitative Evidence
b. Quantitative Evidence
V. Conclusions
Specifications
Final papers should be about 10 pages in length, double-spaced, not including references. Use Times New Roman 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Place all references, figures, and tables in one document and submit as one file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). You are required to cite a minimum of 5 scholarly references, but you can cite more as you see fit. Use the ASA citation style to format references: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/583/01/
Extra Help
If you are having difficulty identifying a research question, writing your paper, citing references, or completing other aspects of this assignment, I would be more than happy to help you during my office hours or by appointment. Just ask.
Grading
RubricsYou can preview the grading rubric on the course website under Assessments

Checklist
Be sure you have done the following in your final paper:
Avoided plagiarism by correctly citing sources
Incorporated the instructor’s feedback from previous assignments
Formatted and organized the paper according to the specifications
Included in-text citations to 5 or more academic sources
Included a References page with the full citations for all sources

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