Research paper basics:
8-10 pages in length
APA formatted
Minimum six (6) sources – at least two (2) from peer reviewed journals
All references must be recent within the past 5 years. 
Include an abstract, introduction, and conclusion
Below points should be addressed before turning the paper:
Have all key reference been cited?
Is the paper of optimal length?
Is the paper well organized?
Is the paper clear and concise?
Is the title appropriate?
Does the abstract summarize well?
Are individual ideas assimilated well?
Are wording, punctuation, etc. correct?
Is the paper well motivated?
Is interesting problem/issue addressed?
Is knowledge of the area demonstrated?
Are conclusions valid and appropriate?