As part of the course
requirements, you are required to submit a term paper. In this case, you are
asked to choose an article from either a newspaper, journal, magazine or
internet with an issue date no earlier than December, 2017.
The article itself, or
your review of the article, must relate to a topic we have studied in
Human Resource Management. It's a good idea to advise me of the article you
want to use, before you start writing your paper. You can do this by sending me
an email if you like.
Here are some guidelines
to give you an idea of what I'm expecting.
The article that you choose is to be used as the subject or
focus of the term paper. Please do not critique the article; rather it is to be
used as a primary reference, among others, to support the position that you are
Your term paper should either offer your opinion of a practical
objective solution, tactic, or offer a response to the view expressed in the
In addition to your primary article, other references should be
used to support your opinions and ideas.
The recommended length for your paper is about six pages,
however you can submit as many pages as you feel are necessary. Single, or
double spacing is your option.
An insightful paper that reflects the depth and quality of your
ideas is more important than its length. If you need to write more than six
pages that's fine, but if it is less, I will be expecting a paper of
Please do not use the textbook as a reference.
Wikipedia is not a good reference for a term paper. The
information is subject to editing and therefore unreliable.
some stylistic guidelines for formatting your paper. Most
university level submissions adhere to this standard. A well organized paper
that conforms to university standards is always a pleasure to receive, however
please do not feel constrained if you feel there is added value in using an
alternate submission format.
On your title page please center your title at about mid-page.
Many people choose to use a Bold font in size 14 for their title.
Put your name, the term paper due date, and the course number on
lower right corner of title page. Here a smaller font is recommended, such as
Your second page is for references, with the topic selected for
the first reference.
Subsequent pages are generally used for the report. As mentioned
previously, it should be about 6 pages not counting the first two pages. Single
or double space is okay. The content is more important than the length or the spacing.
Any material copied or information obtained from reference
material must be placed in quotation marks (") and a footnote identifying
the source of information should be placed either at the bottom of the page or
at the end of the report.
An example of footnotes :
Briggs, Jr., Vernon/>/>, Immigration and American Unionism. A book
review. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Cornell/>
University/>/>, October, 2003, Vol. 57, Number 1, p. 148.
An example of References: Hornstein, Harvey A., "Workplace Incivility: an unavoidable
product of human nature and organizational nurturing", Knowledge Centre,
HRPAO, December 15, 2003.
www.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview (Links to an external
site.) , accessed June 1 2018
* Footnotes need a page
reference, whereas references do not. Provide a separate page ( p. 2) for
references. Therefore if footnotes are listed at the end of the paper,
references need to be listed separately and placed on p. 2.
Please submit your term
paper reading How to Submit at the top of the Assignments Page. Your term paper
will be graded and marked on your ability to demonstrate your knowledge of the
material, as well as your being able to apply your knowledge to real life
You will be assessed on
the quality of your content, rather than on the quantity of material you hand
in. Whether your position is critical, contentious, analytical, or supportive,
your answers should be supported by a well documented theoretical position