Research Paper Outline

Building on  your assignment from Week 2, this week you will expand on your topic and  develop a thesis statement and an outline for your Final Paper.

Prepare: This is the second step in writing your Final Paper, so please be sure to re-review the POL201 Assignment GuidePreview the document and the POL201 Final Paper templatePreview the document within the online classroom.  Reflect on the policy topic that you determined last week and review  your instructor’s comments and feedback regarding the policy and  preliminary research. Review the research articles you found last week  and determine what other aspects of the policy still need to be  discussed and supported.

Reflect: Reflecting on your policy and your  previous research, think about how to best structure your thesis (the  argument) that you are supporting within this assignment. For this  assignment, you will establish your thesis and then outline your paper  with your supporting resources. You will utilize your four references  from last week and add at least two additional references this week, for  a total of six sources for this week’s assignment. At least four of  these resources should be from the Ashford University Library. The  following resources will help you to use the library effectively to find  resources for your assignment:

For guidance on using library databases to locate scholarly, peer-reviewed articles click on Help! Need Article (Links to an external site.) and then click the “How Do I Search for Articles” button from the menu.

For guidance on identifying the types of sources you can use for academic research, watch this interactive tutorial on Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.).  Continue the research process and find sources that support your ideas  and that can be integrated into your paper effectively. The POL201 Research Guide  (Links to an external site.)is  designed to help you find sources for your paper. Be sure you make use  of this librarian-created resource for your assignment.

The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)  table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you  have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this  assignment, please contact your instructor. Be sure that the sources you  are utilizing to support your ideas are valid, reliable, and not overly  bias. For more information on identifying information bias, watch this  interactive tutorial on Subjective and Objective Statements (Links to an external site.).

Write: You will establish and develop a strong thesis for your Final Paper. The thesis (see Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.))  will serve as the backbone of your Final Paper and should showcase in  one complete statement what your policy is, why it is important, and how  it relates to policymaking and government program administration within  the American national government.

Once you have established your thesis, you will then outline (see Outlining (Links to an external site.))  your Final Paper utilizing outline format. When utilizing an outline,  be sure to include the elements from the Week 2 assignment and remember  to use headings and subheadings. All sentences within your outline  should be complete and should help to support your ideas.

To complete the assignment, save the Week 3 Outline WorksheetPreview the document  to your computer, fill it out, and submit it via Waypoint. Within the  worksheet, you will state your thesis statement, provide an outline of  your paper, and integrate the four sources from your annotated  bibliography, plus two more sources, into your outline to showcase how  these resources support your ideas. Provide a full APA references list  with a minimum of six sources. Please be sure to utilize outline format  and to support all statements with scholarly research. All references  should be listed in full APA format and cited appropriately.

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