Proper grammar and spelling are required. Papers must include a cover page, 5-6 full pages of content, and a references page. APA style is required. All sources must be good, academic, peer reviewed sources. This means that most websites (Wikipedia, answers.com, and similar websites) are disqualified. If you can't identify an author and date that's a good sign that the source needs to be carefully evaluated and, most likely, not used. Note that encyclopedias and textbooks should not be used in research papers. You may refer to them, but their use should be very minimal. The UMGC online databases are recommended as a way to find good academic sources, particularly journal articles.