Outline for Writing Term Paper
Step 1: Introduction (15 points)
- Define the topic (i.e. what is…).
- Why is the topic an important issue for society?
- Specify the research questions of your study.
Step 2: Literature Review (31 points)
- Discuss the pros and cons of your research topic.
- Describe how you will deal with the shortcomings of the existing literature regarding your topic.
- Adopt an issue position regarding your topic (i.e. state your hypotheses clearly).
- Justify your position on the topic.
Step 3: Methodology (34 points)
- State clearly your position on the topic.
- Present the evidence to support your position on the topic. In an empirical research, you should operationalize your hypotheses, and specify the statistical tests used in your research.
Step 4: Summary and Conclusions (10 points)
- Discuss the findings of your research.
- Discuss the implication of the findings of your research for society.
- Discuss how future studies may improve on the findings of your research.
Step 5: Bibliography (10 points)
Adams, Mary. 2009. United States Foreign Policy, New York: Wadsworth Publishers.
Bibliography (Journal Articles)
Burns, John. 2008. “Human Rights in Africa,” Journal of Conflict Resolution,
Volume 8: 22-36.
Bibliography (Internet Citations)
Crompton, Ann. 2010. “Global Warming and the Kyoto Treaty, ”
www.un.org (Links to an external site.), accessed January 20, 2010.