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Instructions for Reaction Paper

The Reaction Paper Assignment

You  will be writing a 1,000 word Reaction Paper in this course using the  instructions and links found below. You will be completing the following  tasks and gathering the following information for your paper:

  1. Watch  the epigenetics video from PBS available as a YouTube link in this  folder (second item in the folder). Begin your paper by defining epigenetics in your own words and discussing your reaction to the video.
  2. Interview your family members and complete the  Family History-Dr. Oz.pdf   Click for more options  .  Find out which disease(s) you are most at risk for.
  3. Research  and locate one article on epigenetics and whatever disease you are most  at risk for (select a study on research conducted on humans) from a  reputable academic source:

Reputable Sources:

  • journal articles
  • government publications based on research

Do not use:

  • magazines of any sort, whether they are on paper or online
  • Websites of any type, including epigenetics websites
  • Wikipedia

How to Perform Your Research

  • Use the College Library in person or online (log in with your new  MDC ID number (the one that is all numbers). Your password is the last  four digits of that same MDC ID unless you have changed it.

Read  the epigenetics article you find. Continue your paper with a discussion  of the epigenetics article. Be sure to paraphrase (put things in your  own words) and be sure to cite the author(s) of the article you find  using APA style (see the section below on using APA style). Aim for  about a page for this part of your paper.

  1. Discuss the concept of epigenesis in light of your family history and the article you read. Aim for one page for this section of your paper.
  2. Complete the Living to 100 Questionnaires. Integrate your findings on the questionnaire into your discussion. Aim for another page.
  3. Discuss how you can improve your health and longevity  in light of your findings in this questionnaire, your understanding of  epigenetics, and your knowledge of your family history. This should be  your final page.

You can go over or under a page for any of the sections of the paper as long as your total paper is 1,000 words not counting the references.

General Rules for an “A” Paper (check your paper against this list)

◻    1,000 words

◻    Original work; plagiarism score of less than 10% (90% original work)

◻    Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins

◻    Covers all 6 tasks

◻    Spellchecked

◻    College-level grammar

◻    Cite your article APA style (author & year within body of paper; full reference at end)

◻    No abstract, no cover

◻    Place your name and reference number on the first page. Use page numbers.

Submit  the paper by the deadline in the Schedule and also in the Calendar. The  box will open at the beginning of the semester so that you have time to  submit your paper, review the originality report, and resubmit your  paper if necessary until you have a plagiarism score of under 10%. Be  sure to use the Turnitin Grammar Checker to ensure that your paper is  well written and ensure that you have spellchecked everything. If you  resubmit your paper, note that it takes 24 hours for your new score to  show up in the Turnitin Drop Box.

Submission to Turnitin Drop Box

The  Turnitin Drop Box is in Blackboard. You do NOT have to go to Turnitin  to submit your paper. Turnitin is a plagiarism checking software. It  checks to see if your work is original. I have set the Turnitin Drop Box  so you can submit your paper as many times as you want until the due  date. That will allow you to check your plagiarism score and see where  your work is not original. You can then rephrase that section and put it  into your own words. The expectation in this course is that your paper  scores no more than 10% in plagiarism (90% original work). You will be  able to resubmit your paper as many times as you need to in order to get  it right until the Due Date. You will NOT be able to resubmit after the  Due Date. Note that it takes 24 hours to see your new plagiarism score  after resubmission. No more than 2 or 3 quotes in the entire paper,  please.

Avoiding Plagiarism

You  must be careful not to copy someone else’s ideas and not to copy and  paste ideas from the sources you find. Copying and pasting from someone  else’s work is considered plagiarism. You may use other people’s ideas,  but you have to put them in your own words and reference the source.  Putting things in your own words is called “paraphrasing.” And you must  put the reference right after the idea. Needless to say, submitting  plagiarized papers, including those copied from one of the Web sites  that have “free” papers or even papers you can buy, will result in a  penalty. That penalty in this course is that your grade will be reduced  by the percentage of plagiarism over 10%. In other words, the less  plagiarism, the higher your score; the more plagiarism, the lower your  score. The paper is worth 10% of your grade in this course. Don’t risk  it!

APA Style and References

One  thing you will need to do in college is learn how to find and use  references. References support your ideas. College-level work must be  supported by research. You are expected to do that for this paper. You  will research, locate, and use one reputable source from the literature  on the topic of epigenetics/epigenesis. The “literature” is composed of  studies that have been conducted in a scholarly way to support ideas.  Scholarly sources can be found in journals or in some Web sites,  especially those that come from .edu domains (.edu is short for  “educational” Web sites) or .gov domains (.gov are government sites).  The College Libraries have dozens of good journals you can use. You will  be using the College Library for this paper. You may do the research in  person or use the Web to access our library. See your librarian for  more information on finding credible sources.

In  APA style, you cite a source in two places: within the body of the  paper where you use the idea or words of the author of the paper; and  again in the Reference List at the end of the paper. For example, you  might say, “According to Researcher A (2011)…epigenetics is…” What  you must do is supply the researcher’s name within a sentence or at the  end of a sentence in parenthesis (Smith, 2011). Then you give the full  information for locating the study in the Reference List. That’s what  Reference Lists are for: they allow the person reading your paper to  look up your source if they want to. So remember, citing references APA  style, requires two things: 1) that you cite the reference within the  body of the paper, and 2) that you list the full reference at the end in  the Reference List.

APA Tutorial

There  are multiple tutorials and other training sources on APA style at the  APA Web site. You do NOT have to buy the APA Manual to do this paper.


American Psychological Association (2011). APA style. Retrieved from

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