Writing Research Papers

Writing research papers toward your requirement

Please plan ahead if you anticipate submitting papers--they MUST be turned in by the deadline if you wish to receive a grade for the term. Do not wait until the last minute to submit papers. Failure to plan ahead to add an account to Turnitin or a failure to upload the paper at the last minute due to an error on Turnitin will not change the deadline. It is your responsibility to plan well in advance of the deadline. Papers are due by 11:59 PM on the last day of class. This is to make sure there is enough time to grade them for your final grade. Given the volume of papers, exceptions to this deadline cannot be made.

This page includes a list of papers that you can review. These papers were chosen because they describe classic studies that made a significant change in the field. The list of papers can be located here: List of Papers

If you would prefer to write papers toward your research requirement, follow the guidelines below.

STEP ONE: Choose an article from the list and read it. All papers are available from the University Library (some are online, others may be available only in hard copy). Some articles have electronic versions linked directly from this page. NOTE: you must read the actual article listed here--not just a summary of it. If you have difficulty locating them, please contact a librarian.

STEP TWO: Write a paper about the article you read. Be sure that you include eight clearly labeled and numbered sections of the paper (in this order):

  1. Your full name
  2. Your instructor's full name
  3. The semester and year you took/are taking the class
  4. Summary of article (minimum 200 words)
  5. Word count for section 4
  6. Relationship of article to your class (NOT to the textbook) - minimum 200 words
  7. Word count for section 6
  8. Citation for the article, which may be copied from this website

Additional requirements:

  • You must not use quotes in your paper, which means that you may not take text from other sources and use them without putting them into your own words. IMPORTANT: Do not copy definitions from your notes or the textbook because these will come up as copied information. I prefer that things be in your own words rather than that they be perfectly accurate.
  • The paper must be typed and double-spaced.
  • Section 4 and section 6 of the paper must each be at least 200 words long.

STEP THREE: Go to turnitin.com and register for class # 19900620 with password Freud123. You must use your Pitt email address to sign up for this account. This will allow the score to be linked to you in the Sona Systems website.

Turn your paper(s) into Turnitin. Use Paper 1 for the first paper and Paper 2 for the second paper, and so on. Do not use revision assignments unless explicitly asked to do so. If you revised a paper and need to resubmit, submit it under the SAME assignment, not a revision assignment. It will replace the previous submission.

DO NOT send your paper via email.

The Turnitin software checks for plagiarism, so be certain that all of the information is written in your own words. If you are not sure what this entails, please see http://plagiarism.org. If the citation appears to be plagiarized, that is not going to count against you.

STEP FOUR: Credit will be awarded on Sona for all papers submitted by the deadline posted above. Note that there are hundreds of papers submitted every semester, so please be patient in waiting for a score. Because of the volume of papers and other related tasks, the deadlines noted on this page must be strictly observed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact subjpool@pitt.edu.