Research Paper

1. Research the responsibility of a critical thinker in a contemporary society. You may choose any topic that deals with a contemporary social concern. Examine the principles of critical thought in relation to the chosen societal concern, and consider the importance of ethics, moral reasoning, a research-based process to search for truth, and the advantages of information technology in gathering data. Potential social concerns include, but are not limited to health (e.g., obesity, smoking, or underage drinking), poverty (e.g., homelessness, basic needs, or transportation issues), family relations and dynamics (e.g., teen violence, physical abuse, depression, or suicide), social media (e.g., privacy), immigration (e.g., illegal), and education (e.g., plagiarism and/or cheating). This paper is on depression Your Final Research Paper should:

  1. Include a literature review of three scholarly sources based on the selected contemporary issue. Analyze the validity of the author’s arguments and/or biases.
  2. Explain how academic knowledge impacts the social elements and institutions of both local and global communities.
  3. Assess how the principles of active citizenship could impact the contemporary issue during the next five to ten years.
  4. Include at least one reference to a multimedia component (i.e., podcast, interactive website, blog, or video) and evaluate the relevance of this piece in relationship to academic knowledge and the selected issue.

The paper must be 12 to 14 pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least 12 scholarly sources,Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.

 

Writing the Final Research Paper The Final Research Paper:

  1. Must be 12 to 14 double-spaced pages in length
  2. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  3. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  4. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  5. Must use at least 12 scholarly sourcesMust document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  6. Must include a separate reference page,

  

2. 

  1. Topic: Refer to the Final Research Paper guidelines for your topic selection. Confirm your topic, and identify how this selection relates to your academic and professional pursuits.
  2. Thesis: Write a direct and concise thesis statement, which will become the point or perspective you will argue or prove in the Final Research Paper.
  3. Annotated Bibliography: To help prepare for your final paper, you will be writing an annotated bibliography to indicate the quality of the sources you have read.  Please make sure to cite each source using APA style.  After each citation, write a brief paragraph (around 150 words) summarizing the source and examining how it will support you in defending your argument. 

Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized by the academic community. What constitutes quality, academic research?

  1. Primary sources, which are documents from the time period being discussed
  2. Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources
  3. Credible sources (experts in the area of study)
  4. Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area of study)
  5. In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study) is required.
  6. Educational and Government websites may be appropriate in some cases, but should be evaluated carefully.

 

The paper must be five to seven pages in length (excluding the title pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly sources, to support your points. Of the five sources, two will be your primary sources, and one will meet the multimedia requirement. 

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