Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research Paper on a using CAM in Health

                The research paper will be due on May 15th by 11:59 pm.  Note this is a Friday. You will submit this on Black . There will be a place to submit in that folder. I am not willing to read a draft of your work, but can look at outlines, and answer specific questions you may have. For the paper, you are to choose a health problem that you are interested in, that could be treated or used in palliation with two or more CAM techniques (ex. depression, heart disease, Parkinson’s, etc.); you will describe the health problem in depth (see below for expectations); and you will identify at least TWO CAM techniques that may be used in the treatment/palliation of this health problem and using support from the peer-reviewed literature, explain how they can be used, and the effectiveness of the CAM techniques


             Title:  Your paper must have a title.  The title should not be the topic as written on the list of topics!  The topic should be reflective of the thesis. This should be on a Title Page. The title page should also include your name, the course number, the semester, and my name (as the professor).

             Content: Each of the below content areas should be a Main Heading in the paper, with any required subheadings included under them, as needed.

o             Health Problem: Here you are describing the problem and making the argument of why it is a significant issue. Within this main section you should have the following sections:

             Definition: this includes a description of the problem

             Epidemiology: this includes a description of rates (incidence and prevalence), risk factors, and health consequences of the problem

o             CAM Technique One: Here you describe the CAM technique and using support from the peer-reviewed literature, why this may help the health problem of choice, and support the effectiveness of this technique as well

o             CAM Technique Two: Here you describe the CAM technique and, using support from the peer-reviewed literature, why this may help the health problem of choice, and support the effectiveness of this technique as well

o             Conclusion: Here you make your final conclusions and arguments about what you have presented in this paper.

o             Reference List

             Length:  10 – 12 pages

o             Length, in and of itself, is not a predictor of a great paper.  There are great long papers and great short papers, just as there are terrible long papers and terrible short papers.  However, short papers are more likely to be lacking in content, and long papers are more likely to be wordy and rambling.  So don’t obsess about quantity—obsess about quality. That said, the max pages allowed (not including the title page and reference pages) is 12 pages. I will stop reading at 12 pages.


o             At least 15 references, not including dictionaries

             Do not use Wikipedia as a reference

o             Ten references must be scholarly in nature, and more are encouraged.  “Scholarly” means that the reference is 1) an article (or book, chapter, etc.) reporting an original research study, preferably in a peer-reviewed academic journal or a book composed of previously printed peer-reviewed articles; or 2) an article that reviews several research studies about the same topic, preferably in a peer-reviewed journal or an edited collection of articles; or 3) certain organizations which do a lot of good research and make it available on their websites (see the list below).

             Scholarly articles typically have several sections:  1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Methods, 4) Results, 5) Discussion/Conclusions, and 6) References. 

             Scholarly articles are NOT: 

             Articles without a list of scholarly references at the end

             Encyclopedia articles or fact sheets

             Articles whose main focus is not original research

             Articles from newspapers, news magazines, or Psychology Today

             Just an abstract

             You can ask me (or a reference librarian) if you are not sure whether or not a source is scholarly.

             Publication style:  APA, for references, citations, and quotes (and nothing else).  For information about APA style, refer to the 2001 edition of the APA manual or to

             Writing guidelines: 

o             NOTE:  Quotes are only appropriate for defining terms

o             NOTE:  Paraphrasing does not mean transcribing a source verbatim and then making minor changes in writing so it isn’t blatant plagiarism.  Paraphrasing means using your own words to express information from a source.  Passages written in the “plagiarism light” style are a basis for a reduced grade.


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