Foothill College Gene Therapy in Treating Pancreatic Cancer Research

Foothill College Gene Therapy in Treating Pancreatic Cancer Research

Peer Reviewed Journal Paper (100 points): See Syllabus for Due Date – No Hardcopy Needed – Submit to Canvas

This will be a literature review paper based upon your research in the peer-reviewed journals.

* wow this is long… but I have tried to answer all your questions here to best prepare you


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Are you confident you know what a literature review paper is and is not?

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Each student will choose one main topic: choose either cardiovascular disease or cancer. From your main topic, you will research and report your findings on a specific sub-topic of your choosing. This paper is not a summary or general explanation/lesson on your master topic. It needs to be hyper-focused on distinct aspect of your master topic and spend no time writing about the basics of your topic. It should show your knowledge of the basics of the topic by having the ability to correctly discuss a current, relevant sub-topic. Your sub-topic should have to do with a specific examination of risk factors, prevention, and/or treatments of your chosen master topic.

It needs to have a thesis and evidence from peer reviewed journals to support this thesis. Do not use I, Me, or My statements.

Assume the reader (me), already has a solid working knowledge of the topic. Think of it like writing a paper for a fellow expert, find something interesting you would want to share with a fellow expert on your master topic.

You must paraphrase all of your research. This is an activity to test your ability at finding scholarly research articles, reading those articles, understanding those articles and putting the information you found into your own words in a coherent example of written communication. The process should go like this:

  1. Choose one main topic: either cardiovascular disease or cancer. Then get specific and choose a sub-topic. For example, if you chose “cancer”, then your sub-topic could be stem cell treatments for skin cancer. You need to get very specific on your actual topic.
  2. Research peer reviewed journals through (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (My favorite databases are JSTOR and Science Direct – Please see the (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for more information
  3. While reading these journal papers, pay special attention to the Abstract, Introduction, Background/Significance and Discussion sections. Take your own notes, do not just highlight.
  4. Drawing upon your research, gather and distill the knowledge you have just gained about your specific sub-topic and write your paper, in your own words, describing this new and novel information for a University level audience. You want to summarize your findings so that the reader will leave with a good understanding of what is cutting edge in your chosen topic’s field.

Students will complete a written scientific literature research paper based on their chosen topic and specifically about what is new in the research/development of their topic. Primary literature sources should be published after 2000. This could be a treatment, a cure, new information found about the disease/disorder, etc. The research paper should NOT include ANY background information unless it is absolutely vital to an explanation of the new findings. This paper is about NEW, cutting edge research. You will explain the background information on your topic during your oral presentation.

Minimum word count for the body of the paper (the portion you actually write) is 750 words. The minimum word count does not include citations. Max word count is 2000, including citations.

Remember, you need to have a clear focus on your subtopic, since you only have a maximum of 2000 words. Your paper must be well researched with scientific, peer-reviewed journals making up the bulk of your references. It should be an example of your best efforts at written communication. Part of your grade will be based on form, style, and grammar, while the content of your report will carry the heaviest weight towards your grade. You will be turning all written assignments into Canvas – No hardcopy is needed. If the body of your paper, i.e. the portion you have written yourself, is under 750 words you will not get a passing grade on this assignment.

Also see, (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. – This paper must have the all the attributes of a well-written paper. This includes having a good sentence structure, excellent grammar and a logically, well thought out overall flow.


  • Minimum word count for the body of the paper (the portion you actually write) is 750 words. The minimum word count does not include citations. Max word count is 2000, including citations.
  • No need to have a title page or include any personal identification information since it will be submitted through Canvas and all your information will be pre-populated for you. Just include the title of your paper at the top of your first page of text.
  • No need to include page numbers or page identifiers
  • This is NOT a free-form document. IT MUST BE ORGANIZED INTO THE 4 SECTIONS OUTLINED BELOW – no need to place section titles.
  • No previous example of a paper will be provided for two reasons: 1) that violate FERPA laws and 2) creates a stagnant box that everyone then tries to replicate. As long as your citations are in CSE Name Year Style and you are following an accepted grammatically correct style of the English language, you will be fine. This means, that you may have your literature cited section and in-text citations in CSE Name Year Style and the rest of your paper can be formatted in the style you are most accustomed to writing in, i.e. APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.
  1. Introduction: describe the topic, indicate the scope/focus/thesis statement and give any history and/or background information that is appropriate absolutely necessary (background info only needed if your topic is really new, as in the last year, or highly specialized). (Cite literature)
  2. Body: Include current information/arguments drawn from a wide array of literature sources and text. Connect the issue to some aspect represented in the text (In other words what have you learned in the class that has enabled you to write on this issue). Develop your ideas sequentially and logically. (Cite literature)
  3. Conclusion/Discussion: Pull together the information and ideas to make a coherent picture. Give some idea of the importance of the topic and its role in human health. Also, indicate what the future may hold. (Cite literature)
  4. Literature cited: Follow the form as given at the end of these instructions. Note: all scientific names are in italics! – Not included in your word count

NOTE: Always give credit for ALL information you have gained from someone else. If it did not come from your brain or is not common knowledge (like the sky is blue), then you must cite your source. In science direct quotes are seldom used. Instead, information is summarized and the sources indicated. Citations occur in the text in the following format (Author last name, year article written) NOT as footnotes. DO NOT PUT DIRECT QUOTES FROM YOUR SOURCE. will recognize that as plagiarism and you will receive a zero on your paper. You must REPHRASE the information you have gathered. You MUST follow the literature cited format as stated below. You must cite all your sources both within the body of the paper AND at the end, in the literature cited section.

Your sources must be diverse!

You must have at least 5 reputable literature sources, of which you must have 4 minimum peer reviewed journals. Your remaining references can be from any reputable resource, problem cited in CSE Name Year Style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

You must have the bulk of your references from primary literature articles. You may have NO Wikipedia resources! If you use multiple pages from a single website, it is still considered just one website-one source. When you access journals from the library through the internet, these are considered NON-WEB resources because they are simply electronic versions of hard copy papers that have been published in paper form elsewhere. Most libraries know store journal articles in electronic form. A “web” resource, is a website that does not exist in a published, printed format anywhere. If you access an electronic copy from a library database, treat it as a journal – do not put any info on what database you accessed it from.

If your paper is above 25% unoriginal material, you will be in danger of receiving a zero on the assignment and/or being reported to the University for plagiarism. Please see PDF Grading rubric available in canvas for more detailed information on how the individual written papers will be graded.

Late Papers will be assessed a 10 point per calendar late penalty for this assignment only.

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