Research paper – revised draft | WRTG112 | University of Maryland University College

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 Instructions

This is where you will submit the revised version of your research paper.

Task:       Write a research paper using evidence to support a thesis that addresses your research question examining a current issue or event in the news from the perspective of your field of study. The audience is people who are generally educated but do not have extensive knowledge of your field.

Length:   At least 2000 words

Sources: Minimum of 6. At least 3 of these must be from scholarly journals, and all sources should be selected based on reliability, currency, and level of information/analysis. The UMGC library will be very useful in helping you find appropriate sources. You can, but do not have to, include all of the sources from your annotated bibliography.

Due date and grading: The revised research paper is due by the end of Week 7. It will be graded using a rubric and will count for 35% of your course grade. To view the grading rubric, please view the assignment through the Assignments area of the classroom.

Outcomes you should achieve by completing this assignment

The outcomes for this assignment are listed below, with the associated course outcomes in parentheses:

  • Use research to write a paper that will inform or persuade an audience (Course outcome 1)
  • Form unified, coherent, and well-supported paragraphs in support of the thesis statement (Course outcome 2)
  • Select sources, use them to inform and support your writing, and document them in APA style (Course outcome 4)
  • Demonstrate accurate grammar and mechanics in writing (Course outcome 3)
  • Participate in the process of receiving feedback and revising your writing (Course outcome 1)

Topic

This paper is the culmination of your research project, in which you are examining a current issue or event in the news from the perspective of your field of study. Before drafting your paper, you will have chosen a topic, developed a research question, and identified several potential sources in an annotated bibliography. You should write on the same topic for this paper, unless your professor has asked you to make changes to your topic.

Organizing and supporting your paper

As you write your paper, be sure to include the following:

  • an engaging introductory paragraph that includes an effective and clear thesis statement
  • any definition of terms or background information that your reader is likely to need to understand your paper
  • unified, supported, and coherent body paragraphs that defend the thesis
  • an effective conclusion

Research is a key element of this paper. Take care to support your claims with research throughout the paper. Include APA in-text citations whenever you use sources, whether through quote, paraphrase, or summary. An APA reference list at the end of the paper should list all of the sources cited in the text of the paper.

Point of view

This paper will be written in an academic style. Use third person point of view. Do not use “I” or “you.”

Formatting your assignment

Incorporate these elements of APA style:

  • Use one-inch margins.
  • Double space.
  • Use an easy-to-read font between 10-point and 12-point.
  • Include a title page with the title of your paper, your name, and the name of your school