The research paper should be a 10-page paper (5000 words minimum) based on the resources in your annotated bibliography. If you have chosen a topic that is controversial, you need to include literature that represents all sides of the controversy. The outline for the paper is adapted from Trochim This link opens in a new window. It is as follows:
Literature citations and review: The literature cited is from reputable and appropriate sources (e.g., professional journals, books and not Time, Newsweek, etc.) and you have a minimum of fifteen references. The literature is condensed in an intelligent fashion with only the most relevant information included. Citations are in the correct format (see APA guidelines).
The conclusions should summarize the key findings from your review of the literature. Be sure to discuss if there are gaps in what we know about your topic based on the published literature. Are there recommendations made for future research?
All citations are included in the correct format (APA) and are appropriate for the study described.
To get an overview of your topic and the potential issues it incorporates, you might begin by searching for your general overarching topic in the CREDO database. This will provide you with tertiary sources that explain issues, so you can glean search terms for your research.
The Multi-Search box on the library home page searches a portion of the library's overall resources all at once. It can be a good place to begin trying out search terms using key words from your topic and perusing the results.
On the homepage of this guide you will see a list of databases that are good places to find sources for your research topic. The content held in most of them is recognizable by the title, at least those that are for specific disciplines.
If your topic involves disciplines outside the Social Sciences, go to the A-Z Database List (also accessible from the Quick Links box on the library home page) and click on the "All Subjects" box. Then scroll down to the appropriate discipline or topic to see a page of databases to choose from.
Use the next page in this guide, Conducting Social Science Research, and the Methods Map in the SAGE Research Methods database to help you select the appropriate method to use to conduct the follow-up study proposed in your paper.
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