Developing and Limiting a Research Topic

Step One of the Final Research Paper

 

Conduct preliminary research on the topic you identified in the “Developing and Limiting a Research Topic” discussion this week.  Then, based on your research and the feedback in the discussion, write a paper based on the following:

 

  1. State your topic, and provide explanation as to why you selected that topic.
  2. Describe how you plan on refining or limiting your topic selection.
  3. Describe a specific claim related to this topic that you plan to argue in your final paper.

 

Your paper should include a separate title and reference page, and should also be formatted to APA style. Be sure to submit your paper as a Microsoft Word document.

Your Teaching Assistant will provide you with feedback on your assignment to guide you in developing your academic writing skills. You will have the opportunity to revise this component before you include it in your Final Research Paper in Week Five.

 

Approved Topic List

 

  • Drug trafficking in the United States
  • Childhood obesity
  • Values portrayed in popular media
  • Individual privacy vs. national security
  • Government grants for alternative energy research
  • Designating an official language of the United States

 

Resources for this Assignment

For more information regarding:

 

  • APA formatting: Refer to the Sample Research Paper located in the ENG122 tab of the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Organizing/Formatting: Reference the Sample Research Paper located in the ENG 122 tab within the Ashford Writing Center for the organization and formatting of your paper.
  • Writing an Argumentative Paper: Review 6.3 Types of Research Papers in Writing College Research Papers, specifically the section “Argumentative Research Paper,” for information on how to write an argumentative/position paper. This will give you an idea of what your final paper should look like.
  • Developing a Claim: Use information in your text and the Summary of Argument Writing in the Ashford Writing Center to help you develop your claim.

 

The paper must be at least one page in length and formatted according to APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

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