ERIC Number: ED246732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Integrating the Term Paper into Economics Courses at Liberal Arts Colleges: Industry Case Studies Papers at SUNY-Potsdam. A Preliminary Study.
Soskin, Mark D.; Eldblom, Nancy
The problems and potential benefits of a term paper for an upper-division economics course are explored, and trends over 3 years are reported. The industrial organization course involves writing an industry case study term paper. Three concerns that are addressed in a term paper guide are discussed: topic selection, the organizational structure of the paper, and the quality of writing and the extent of analysis. Topics choices during 1981-1983 are identified; preference in topics by gender is mentioned. Attention is also directed to promoting a closer relationship between the teacher and library staff. An overview of library instruction, which involves a single lecture and a printed library guide for each student, is included. Results of evaluating bibliographic instruction are provided concerning the number and types of references in submitted papers, the use of periodical indices, and interlibrary loan requests. Supplementary materials are presented, including an excerpt from the "Guide to Writing the Term Paper," a "Guide to Library Use for the Economics of Industrial Organization." (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Term Papers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Economic Association (Syracuse, NY, April 7, 1984).