Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapter 6, 7
- Link (website): Conducting Research (Purdue OWL) (Links to an external site.)
- Link (website): How to Search the Library (Links to an external site.)
- Link (website): Library Workshop Archive (Links to an external site.) (various videos about research and APA format)
- Minimum of 6 scholarly sources
This week you continue to work on your paper that addresses a current controversial issue. This paper is to be in the form of an argument. You have selected a topic and chosen issues related to that topic; this week, you will thoroughly research both sides of the issues you have chosen. Keep in mind that your paper must define the issue, present evidence on both sides of the issue, and then argue that one side is stronger and more persuasive than the other. Your paper must address at least three relevant aspects of the issue. More specific directions for each part of the paper will be found within the specific assignment in the weekly modules; the assignment this week is to research both the pro and con sides of the issues you have chosen to address.
Here is a brief breakdown of the project so that you can plan your time in the course:
|Week 1||Topic Selection|
|Week 3||Issue Review (both sides)|
|Week 5||Thesis & Annotated Bibliography (both sides)|
|Week 7||Argumentative Paper|
This week, you will conduct an issue review for your selected topic for your project. Present a brief report of your research on both sides of the issue. This should include the following:
- Citation of your sources
- Links to the sources where available
- Brief description of the content of each of the sources (50 to 80 words for each source)
Your research review should address at least three (3) aspects of the issue that is the subject of your paper and must present at least one pro and one con article review on each aspect. Sources should be scholarly or of very high substantive quality.
Click on the following link to view an example. The first aspect is written out completely, with APA citation and brief description of content. The next two aspects should be completely written out by you in your report, including correct APA citation and brief description of content.
Because the topics vary widely, the nature of your research will also vary. If you are writing about gene therapy, for example, you will have to support your points with scholarly medical opinion. You may need to review researching techniques. Visit the research links provided in the Required Resources section in this activity for more information.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 1-2 pages (not including title page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page
This activity will be graded using the W3 Course Project Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 6, 7
Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday