Discuss the central issue by using the source readings to explain the points of view surrounding the central issue and the stance that each particular author takes or the contribution that he or she makes to the debate.
Write a paper of 10 pages (including the bibliographic page) that explains, argues a point (i.e., supports a thesis) about, or explores current research on a topic connected with the focus of your degree. Approach your research with a question that your paper will answer.
•Double-space your paper, with 1-inch margins on top, bottom and sides.
•Do not use a cover sheet. Place your name, the course name and number, and the date in the upper left corner, skip one inch, and center the title of the paper.
•Double-space, indent, and begin your text below the title. Indent the first line of each paragraph, and do not right-justify or skip lines between paragraphs.
•Your Works Cited or References page should follow the format specified by either APA style.
Research and Writing Approach
•Select your area and topic.
•Select at least 5 reliable sources (or more) as the basis for information you will draw on in your writing. These may be sources you cited in your preliminary list, or you may add and/or substitute others that you have found as you explored the literature in your area. Only reliable, scholarly web sites are acceptable as references. Wikipedia is not considered a reliable or scholarly web site.
•In your paper, state the thesis – the point of view – that has evolved from your research and that your paper will support.
•In each article or book that you have selected, identify the major issues and the points that the particular author makes about these issues. Give serious thought to how these points support or conflict with your initial thesis and how they relate to the research question you have formatted.
•Then write the first draft of your paper. Remember that you are focusing on the issues, not on each article separately. Therefore, do not organize your paper article by article: it should be organized issue by issue.
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Your paper should employ the following organizational structure:
•Identify the central issue.
•Discuss the central issue by using the source readings to explain the points of view surrounding the central issue and the stance that each particular author takes or the contribution that he or she makes to the debate.
•Organize your paper to discuss each sub-issue (your supporting points) in some kind of order. For example, you might present your ideas from most important to least, or by areas of lesser to greater controversy. You will need to devote at least one paragraph, and probably more, to defining each subsidiary issue and discussing the various viewpoints concerning it. Incorporate your explanation of the opinions and ideas in the research articles, either as supporting or conflicting evidence.
•Conclude what answer the results of your research have given to your research question. This answer should represent your own reasoned point of view, based on the information you discovered during your research.
•You will be using the source articles for information to enable you to reach your own conclusion. Your sources may not all agree. When this happens, it is better to acknowledge the disagreement in your paper and then provide enough evidence from your sources to demonstrate why your interpretation is appropriate.
•Your references to the source articles should be primarily in your own words, or using short quotations from the source materials. Each source of information must be identified using APA in-text citation format.
•Each source referenced in your paper must appear in the Works Cited or References page at the end of the paper. Entries in this page must be in correct APA format.