Special Population Project

Please read these instructions carefully.

Research and describe the effect of alcohol on your selected special population. 

Whoever is writing this paper, here are some of my suggestions: older adults, youth (underage), race, age or gender. You may choose another to your liking as long as the sources you provide supports it.

  • Identify unique problems or considerations that apply to your group.
  • Compare and contrast your group to the overall U.S. population
  • Describe best treatment practices for specific issues relevant to the selected population.


  • Locate 5-7 journal articles or book chapters related to your special population. References should be no older than ten years old.
  • Use only scholarly, objective sources for your project. Peer-reviewed articles. Web-based information such as Wikipedia and About.com and popular news outlets such as Time or Newsweek are NOT acceptable sources for this project.


  • APA format and citation style
  • 2500 words minimum
  • Separate title page and reference list
  • 12 point font
  • Numbered pages
  • 1″ margins


Research Paper Rubric


4 3 2 1


Content and Focus

*Exceptionally clear, focused, interesting thesis

*Strong, rich supporting details and examples

*A meaningful conclusion explains the importance of the research and how it can be used.

*Clear thesis which maintains a consistent focus from beginning to end.

*Specific supporting details are present.

*Clear conclusion as to why the research is important.

*Contains thesis but with inconsistent focus.

*Generalized supporting details that prove thesis.

*Conclusion tends to summarize research.

*Thesis statement lacks clarity and focus.

Inadequate or missing supporting details.

*Missing a summarizing conclusion



*Strong introduction and conclusion.

*Consistent and coherent.

*Uses clear and skillful transitions.

*Clear introduction and conclusion.

*Illustrates some consistency and shows some logical progression.

*Uses clear transitions.

*Introduction and conclusion is present but not clear.

*Show some attempt of consistency and order.

*Paper shows attempt of transitions between paragraphs.

*Unable to clearly identify introduction and conclusion.

*Lack of consistency and order.

*Paper shows little or no attempt of transitions between paragraphs.



*Written in formal language (no slang)

*Elaborate and colorful language.

*Consistently strong and varied sentence structure.

*Direct quotes support student’s ideas.

*Paper written in student’s own words.

*Majority of paper written in formal language.

Language appropriate for topic.

*Words convey intended message.

*Direct quotes support student’s ideas.

*Majority of paper written in student’s own words.

*Some use of formal language recognized.  Informal language is dominant.

*Most language is appropriate to topic.

*Able to get vague idea of message.

*Some parts of paper written in student’s words.

*Paper frequently uses informal language.

*Language is not appropriate to topic.

*Message is unclear.

*Majority of paper is plagiarized.



*Follows APA Guidelines

*Uses 5 or more cited sources.

Sources meeting guidelines for academic sources.

*Reference page is APA correct.

*Research is documented.

*Follows APA Guidelines with a few exceptions.

*3-4 cited sources used.

*Sources meet guidelines.

*Majority of references is APA correct.

*Most research info is documented.

*Inconsistent use of APA style guidelines.

*Less than 3 cited sources used.

*Random APA documentation.

*Rarely documents sources.

*Fails to follow APA style guidelines.

*Less than 3 cited sources.

Reference page is not understandable.



Superior Editing. Rarely makes errors in the following areas:


*spelling and mechanics

*correct usage and grammar.

Careful editing.  Makes few errors in the following areas:


*spelling and mechanics

*correct usage and grammar.

Some evidence of editing:


*Extensive spelling and grammatical errors.

Poor editing:


*Spelling and grammatical errors make it difficult to read paper.


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