Final Paper

Grading Rubric found HEREView in a new window

APA style formatted paper HERE View in a new window

  • At least 6 pages of text in length
  • 12-point font
  • 2 line spacing, 1 inch margins at most
  • Clear introduction, body, and conclusion
  • Sources start on page 7 (not included in the 6-page length requirement)
  • Cited sources in text in APA format (see Canvas for guide)
  • Cited sources (Works cited) in APA format (see Canvas for guide)
  • 4 sources minimum (at least 2 from peer reviewed science Journals)
  • Students are encouraged to use graphs and figures as long as they are properly labeled and cited, however, these DO NOT count towards the 6-page length requirement.
  • Submit paper as a Word Document to Canvas
  • This is a research paper – there should be no quotes within the body of the paper UNLESS you
    • are directly quoting someone’s opinion. !ll information that you obtain from your references
    • should be reworded using your own words as well as cited within the body of the paper. Failure to properly cite within the body of the paper (giving credit to the authors of your references) will result in a grade deduction of 20% of the possible paper grade (3 points)!

Outline of paper:

Your paper should include the following parts to make a cohesive research paper; remember to transition between all of these parts, not just jump from one thing to the next:

Introduction: What will you be writing about? Why is it important? How does this scientific idea relate back to your life?

Body: The body of this paper has a number of parts: Literature review – what is the scientific basis for the experiment? What was your hypothesis? How does science support your hypothesis? What has been done in the past for these types of studies. (This section should be about 3 pages of your overall paper). Experiment – How was the experiment performed? What did we do and why did we do it? What were the exact steps? What materials did we use? Results – What were all of our findings? How can we use this data to form our conclusions? Did we have to find something out from the data we collected?

Conclusion: This should summarize what you discussed in your paper. We want to relate our results back to our hypothesis to form a scientific conclusion. Restate your thesis and the main support and have a concluding statement.

Preparation assignments are due on their corresponding dates on the syllabus


  • Submit a list of 6 APA formatted sources as a Word Document which you may be using in your paper to Canvas. 3 sources MUST be from peer reviewed scientific books or journals.
  • Sources will be checked for validity
  • Formatting will also be checked to help facilitate correct citations  These references should be in used in the Literature Review portion of your paper.

Literature Review

  • This is a draft of the literature review portion of your paper. Using the references you found how do you support what we did in the experiment. This should be between 2-3 pages at minimum. (Remember this should be 3 pages of your final paper)

Suggested references:

methods of soil P analysis.pdfView in a new window

soil test (1).pdfView in a new window

Soil_chemical_analysis_applied_as_an_int.pdfView in a new window

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