You will write a 3,800–4,400-word research paper (title page, bibliography

INDS 600

Discipline Integration Paper Instructions

You will write a 3,800–4,400-word research paper (title page, bibliography, and citations not included in the word count) on an interdisciplinary studies topic surrounding the integration of your 2 areas of study. This is a course on interdisciplinary research—and you take it to apply these lessons to your academic career and to what you do or will do in your field. For your Discipline Integration Paper, you may write about any integrative topic relevant to your areas of study or suggested in your coursework, and that you think holds value for you as you pursue a career or further your education.

Remember, you choose the topic or issue for the paper as long as it integrates your 2 areas of study by adding to the field of interdisciplinary studies. You will utilize your work and instructor feedback from the Annotated Bibliography and Discipline Integration Paper Outline to build this assignment.

Your Discipline Integration Paper must have the following sections, all formatted according the current format of your declared Area of Study I (these guidelines may be found at our Liberty University Online Writing Center):

• Abstract• Introduction/Thesis or Argument• Literature Review• Integrative Approach (how you reached a position on this subject—in this case, your literature review)• Results/Recommendations• Suggestions for Further Research/Study• Conclusion• Bibliography (the works cited in your paper)

Note: Not all sections are created equal. Some of the above may be a paragraph or 2, while others may be a few pages.

At least 15 academic, peer-reviewed articles are required along with citations from your textbook and the Bible. The sources you use must be less than 5 years old. The research you conducted during previous coursework throughout this course and utilized in our Discussion Board Forums can be used for the paper (though not taken word-for-word and must be rewritten to fit the context of this assignment). There must be a focus and flow that integrates all of the research together.


Safe Assign software is an educational tool that shows students the originality of the work they are submitting. Since any research paper you write will include ideas or quotations that do not belong to you, it is important that you not only give credit where it’s due, but also strive for originality. The overall score is an indicator of what percentage of the submitted paper matches existing sources. This score is a warning indicator only and papers should be reviewed to see if the matches are properly attributed.

• Scores below 15 percent: These papers typically include some quotes and few common phrases or blocks of text that match other documents. These papers typically do not require further analysis, as there is no evidence of the possibility of plagiarism in these papers.
• Scores between 15 percent and 40 percent: These papers include extensive quoted or paraphrased material or they may include plagiarism. These papers should be reviewed to determine if the matching content is properly attributed.
• Scores over 40 percent: There is a very high probability that text in this paper was copied from other sources. These papers include quoted or paraphrased text in excess and should be reviewed for plagiarism.

Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8.

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