Posted: April 11th, 2017
The end of the course is rapidly approaching, and now is a great time to begin working on your Final Research Paper. This assignment will give you an opportunity to create a detailed outline of your paper that can be reviewed by your instructor. The feedback that your instructor can provide will certainly help you create a better final product. Remember, the main point of your outline is to help you organize your thoughts and research. The outline should be the backbone of your paper and should serve as the building blocks for your Final Research Paper.
Make sure to read over the instructions for the Final Research Paper, which are located in Week Five of your online course or in the Course Components section of this course guide. As explained in those instructions, your paper should have six major sections. For this assignment, you will need to create an outline in a Word document. Your outline should:
Introduce the main topic, provide brief background regarding the topic, and introduce the main thesis.
Identify implications for federalism related to the topic.
Identify implications for civil rights related to the topic.
Identify implications for civil liberties related to the topic.
Conclude and summarize the main findings.
Include a complete list of references utilized within the outline.
The paper must be two to three pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least three scholarly sources, not counting your textbook, from the Ashford University Library to support your claims. Information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
A sample outline for this assignment would look like the following:
*For each Point below, please be sure to include a direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary, along with the in-text citation that supports the main point of the section.
What topic did you select? (This should be the topic you used in your Week Two Assignment.)
Brief background regarding the topic.
What will be your main points and overall argument/thesis? (Hint: You should have three.)
Federal implications related to the topic.
III. Civil rights implications related to the topic.
Civil liberties implications related to the topic.
Summarize main findings.
Strong concluding sentence.
Create a reference list for your sources according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You will need to utilize at least three scholarly sources, not counting your textbook, in this outline and at least six in your Final Research Paper.
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