This session, you will write a research essay, which is in APA format and includes a title page, abstract, and references list. The purpose of this paper is to hone your critical thinking skills by creating a suitable research plan, evaluating sources and arguments, and proposing solutions to a problem of current interest. The paper must focus on one of the topics below regarding current trends and future predictions.
•Changes must happen in both human eating habits and food cultivation if the human race is to survive
•The European Union will, or will not, last another decade
•If lobbying and campaign finance in the US are not reformed, American democracy is doomed
•How changes to marriage and family will change American society
•How social media, web sharing, and/or similar trends in the internet will affect social and personal behaviors
•What changes must happen because of the interaction between the world’s growing population and decreasing natural resources
Choose a topic from the list above. Follow your personal taste in this choice, but also search a library and a library database for suitable critical articles about the topic. For the paper, you will need to use at least five scholarly articles, authoritative sources, and/or book chapters.
The Final Research Paper must include the following.
•Three to five pages of body and a References page
•12 pt. Times New Roman font
•APA-style title page and abstract
•All pages should be numbered
•Should contain five sources (minimum)
•Select a topic from the list.
•Research library catalog and databases for works about the topic (five articles and/or book chapters required).
•Read the sources.
•Propose a preliminary thesis or solution on the issue.
•Write a proposal and outline for the project.
•Format all documents using the APA Style.
•Use feedback to shape and revise the paper.
In Week 5 you will choose a topic for writing your project. You will create a Project Proposal and Preliminary Formal Outline for the project to submit in the Drobpox at the end of Week 5. This is worth 50 points.
The Rough Draft of the project is due at the end of Week 6 in the Dropbox. In addition, the rough draft should be posted to the Peer Review discussion thread. Each student should complete two peer reviews using the peer evaluation form and post them to the discussion thread. The draft and peer reviews are worth 50 points.
The Final Draft, incorporating revisions suggested by your instructor and your peers, is due at the end of Week 7 in the Dropbox. The draft is worth 130 points and should be three to five pages, in APA format including title page, abstract, and references list.
Submit your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.
See the Syllabus section "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.