In text citation and scholarly/peer reviewed sources.


  1. Select a country that interests you or that you would like to visit one day (excluding Canada, Mexico, China, Russia, England, or Australia).
  2. Conduct research using the GMC Library about the (1) geography, (2) cultural and social factors, (3) economic conditions, and (4) political and legal factors for conducting business in the selected country.

Through writing this essay you will be required to demonstrate a knowledge of international business, how to conduct research using the GMC Library, how to properly cite sources using APA formatting guidelines, and how to apply critical thinking skills within the analysis and presentation of your research results..  You will be responsible for using a minimum of 3 scholarly/peer reviewed sources. Textbooks are not considered a scholarly/peer reviewed source; however, they may still be included as a supplemental reference.

Your essay is to be a minimum of 3 complete pages in length.  Going over the minimum page length requirement is acceptable; however, I am not looking for a 10+ page essay.

Be as thorough as possible when writing your essay, and remember, this is an academic assignment, so no “text-talk,” no conversational tone, and ABOVE ALL OTHER THINGS… don’t plagiarize!! Lastly, spell-check and proofread your work! Failure to follow these steps will negatively impact your grade.

For this course, you will submit the graded activity using Turnitin. An Originality Report will become available within a few minutes after your first submission. Inside the Originality Report will be a Similarity Index. The Similarity Index shows a percentage of the material in your paper which matches other sources found by Turnitin. You will be expected to have a Similarity Index of less than 15%. If your Similarity Index is greater than 15% you will need to review your Originality Report to be sure that you have paraphrased your work appropriately, and cited your sources correctly.

The Originality Report will help you to avoid plagiarism, and improve the quality and content of your essay. It is strongly suggested that you keep direct quotations to a minimum, and never copy and paste text without proper citations. You have until the activity due date to resubmit your work, however, there will be a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report becomes available. It is your responsibility to submit your activity on time, with a Similarity Index of less than 15%.

General APA Formatting Guidelines:

The essay should have an APA title page and an APA reference page.  The APA title page and APA reference page DO NOT count towards the minimum page requirement!  Your body of work needs to be a minimum of 3 complete pages in length.  Also, an APA abstract page is NOT required!  Note that going over the minimum page/word count requirement is acceptable; however, I am not looking for a 10+ page paper!

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