Writing a research paper is designed to develop your critical thinking and writing skills – two very essential skills for any human services or education professional! To write an effective paper, you must be able to incorporate the ideas of others with your own ideas and analysis. A successful paper is logically organized, fully developed, and free of error.
Your research paper will deal with a particular problem, which deals with diversity issues, encountered in the human services or educational fields of study. You will begin by stating the problem and write about its relevance to the field. A history of the problem may be written, along with possible solutions. The research paper should be 7-10 pages in length, including the bibliography.
Select a topic that you would like to more fully research or are passionate about. If you are having trouble deciding on a topic, spend some time browsing current newspapers, magazines, the shared reference section in this course or the Coulter Library Research Help This page will also help you write a thesis statement.
Outline (5%) This was submitted in Module 6
You will be submitting an outline using the following format:
Statement of the Problem
Body: Paragraphs 1 and 2
History of the Problem (Include, perhaps, past attempts at solutions. Work in sources.)
Body: Paragraphs 3 and 4
Extent of the problem (Who is affected? How bad is it? Work in sources.)
Body: Paragraphs 5 and 6
Repercussions of the problem (Work in sources.)
Body: Paragraphs 7 and 8
Future Solutions (not necessarily your own. More sources.)
Summarize your findings
Be sure to list all of the resources that you have used including the resources that you summarized in the annotated bibliography.
Annotated Bibliography (10%) This was submitted in Module10
You will be collecting and summarizing a minimum of ten resources from peer reviewed journals or books using APA format. NO WIKIPEDIA!!!!!
Research Paper (25%)
Your research paper should be 7-10 pages in length. A rubric will be provided. If you have never written a research paper before be sure to use the Coulter Library Research Help or contact The Learning Center at [email protected]