Interview Paper Guidelines
DUE: Tuesday April 4th at the end of class. Submit a hard copy!!
Paper format/guidelines (7pts): Format: Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt, Left & Right Margins: 1inch, Top & Bottom Margins: 1inch. Insert page numbers in upper right corner. Include a title page and a reference page using APA format.
Length of paper (1pt): 4-6 pages (Title page and reference page DO NOT count toward the overall number of pages)
Citations/references (2pts): Please create a reference page using APA format for all content that is not originally yours. All citations must be in APA format as well. Reference sources could include: books, journals, websites, emails, telephone and face-to-face conversations with expert and friends, etc. The title and reference page does not count towards the overall number of pages. For help with APA formatting, review the guidelines and examples posted on Blackboard; contact the Writing Center or the Reference Desk in the UNO Library; or ask for my help.
Grammars/punctuations (5pts): This is a college-level paper, points will be deducted for failure to use accurate grammars, spelling, punctuations, and formatting appropriate sentences and paragraphs. You may use “First Person” in your paper. DO NOT use contractions, slangs, inappropriate languages. Seek assistance from the Writing Center. Follow the “Dos” and Don`ts” guidelines posted on Blackboard.
Interview Contents (85pts): Choose an older (LIVING) person to interview (65+ years of age) and write a 4-6pg paper. Choose people who are not experiencing dementia, i.e, Alzheimer`s disease, to interview. Spend a significant amount of time with the person (at least one hour). Develop a list of questions that interest you before interviewing the person based upon the materials that have been presented to you in class. The questions must cover at least FIVE major topics/themes/subjects from the course. Write your paper in paragraph-form and not as a “dialogue” format. See students` examples on Blackboard. Tell their story, and reflect their insights on their past experiences relating to the topics/themes/subjects you chose. You may include your own inputs/opinions and agree/disagreement on the same subjects you chose to interview the person. Protect the privacy of the individual by not using his/her real name or present materials that would allow him/her to be identified, unless the individual permits you to do so. NOTE: 5 points deduction for each missing page of incomplete work. 10 points deduction for failure to incorporate and reference interview contents with textbook and/or class lecture materials. See other students` examples.
Interview Project Paper Grading Rubric
Points Earned Individual Comments
Paper Format (10pts)
2. Times New Roman
4. Left & Right Margins: 1inch
5. Top & Bottom Margins: 1inch
6. Insert page numbers in upper right corner
7. Include title page (APA format)
8. Reference page (APA format)
9. Citation (APA format)
10. 4-6 pages
1. Poor (2pts)
2. Fair (3pts)
3. Good (4pts)
4. Excellent (5pts)
Interview Subjects (85pts)
1. 5 major topics/themes/subjects
2. Paper contents (80pts)
GERO 2000-Interview Paper
Paper Format, Guidelines, and APA Format and Examples
Paper Format Example
NOTE: Please change the name of the interviewee to protect his/her identity. Unless he/she does not have an issue of you using his/her real name.
NOT acceptable format to use:
Q: Were you a caregiver for anymore? If you were, what was your role and did you receive any help from other family members?
A: Jane Doe said she was a caregiver for her father dying of cancer. Afterwards she cared for her mother. Later on she moved her mother closer to her sister in Minnesota to get help from her sister.
***Acceptable format to use with APA examples (also see students` examples on Blackboard):
According to Hillier and Barrow (2011), caregiving roles can be an important aspect in a person`s successful aging outcome. Caregiving roles and expectations might be different during different generations. K. Lai. (current year). Chapter 11. The oldest old and caregiving [PowerPoint slides] indicated caregiving roles often fall on daughters. When Jane Doe was asked about her caregiving role with her parents, she expressed great satisfaction of her experiences as a caregiver (personal communication, September 28, 2015). Miss Doe stated she was the primary care giver for her father who was experiencing lung cancer from working in the mine for forty years. Miss Doe`s father was 63 when he died of lung cancer. After her father passed away, Miss Doe moved her mother to Minnesota closer to one of her younger sisters to share the care giving role (J. Doe, personal communication, September 28, 2015). The textbook discussed often time sisters share caregiving role and parents moving closer to children as they need caregivers (Hillier & Barrow, 2011). Miss Doe goes further into details of her caregiving role for her parents such as………………..
How to reference the citations above:
Books/Textbooks: There are TWO different ways to cite a book/textbook in the text of your paper. See examples above in highlighted. Below is the format to reference.
Hillier, S. & Barrow, G.M. (2011). Aging, the Individual, and Society. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
PowerPoint Lectures: See example of how to cite power point lectures in the text of your paper above in highlighted. Below is the format to reference.
K. Lai. (2015). Ch. 11. The oldest old and caregiving [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://blackboard.unomaha.edu.
Personal Communication (interviews): Personal communication, such as interviews, are NOT required to include in the reference page. You only need to cite in the text of your paper. If the person`s name was mentioned in the content of the sentence, you DO NOT include his/her name in the citation ( ). However, if the person`s name was not mentioned in the content of the sentence, you MUST include his or her name in the citation ( ). See examples above in highlighted.
***Additional Resources for citing and referencing:
Note: Cite and reference any contents NOT original to yours. Access the UNO Criss Library link for APA formatting guide: http://library.unomaha.edu/pdf/citing_apa.pdf. The UNO Writing Center is also a great place to seek help for writing in APA format: https://unomaha.mywconline.com/index.php. You can also use the Perdue University OWL Online Writing Lab website for all citation and referencing resources: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/.
**If you do not know the difference between a citation and a reference, the definitions are below:
Citation: is how you quote/summarize/abbreviate the source of the idea that is NOT original to yours in the BODY of the text content. You always have to cite any ideas that are not original to yours within the text content itself.
Reference: is the act of referring to and it is done on a SEPARATE paper (usually labeled as “References/Bibliographies/Work Cited). Everything you cited within your text content has to be included in your reference page (except for personal communications, aka personal interviews).
Guidelines for Writing a Proper/Formal Academic Paper
• Include a separate title and reference page (in APA format)
• Writing properly
• Follow directions/instructions of the paper
• Answer any questions(s) of the paper topic(s)
• Include an introduction, body, and conclusion paragraph
• PROODREAD YOUR PAPER PIOR TO SUBMISSION!!!
DON`T you dare…….
• NOT PROODREAD YOUR PAPER PIOR TO SUBMISSION!!!
• Write like the way you text, talk, or email (e.g. when we talk, we often use “that” and “like” a lot. Those examples are inappropriate to use in writing a proper academic paper. DON`T DO IT!!)
• Write the paper like a creative fictional novel.
• Include punctuation marks outside of quotation marks (correct - “. , :! ?;” )
• Use punctuation marks inappropriately (e.g.: ! ; , .)
• Use first person – unless specified by your professor
• Use contractions (e.g. I`m, don`t, couldn`t, that`s, he`s, etc.)
• Use run-on sentences
• Use slang (e.g. “true that,” “that is the shit,” “you know what I mean?”)
• Use clichés phrases (e.g. “too little, too late”)
• Use abbreviations (e.g. “LOL,” “BFF”)
• Use “this, that, those, these, and like” as pronouns, only use them as adjective before a noun or pronoun
• Put a comma before “because”
• Use “bunch” instead of “a lot” (“bunch” is not considered proper)
• Use or invent make-up words (e.g. “irregardless” is not a real word, use regardless)
• Use “plus” instead of “and”
• Write in passive voice when your sentence works in active voice.
• End a sentence with a preposition (e.g. to, in, at)
• Start a sentence with a conjunction (e.g. and, or, nor)