3. Find your sources. Use BCC’s database access to find 5-10 scholarly, peer-reviewed, full-text articles no older than 5 years that inform your topic and question. To find 5-10 articles you can use, you may read at least the abstracts of 20 or more articles, depending on your topic and search terms- this is part of the process and part of the learning, so don’t skimp!
5. Make sense of all you have gathered and written. Create the formal outline or skeleton upon which you will build your paper. Sections should include, but are not limited to:
Introduction- this includes an overview of general information about your topic, why it’s worth studying (importance), and your research question.
Background- this includes definitions, history, and facts about your topic. What concepts does the reader need to understand before getting to the heart of the matter?
Literature Review- this is a synthesis of your research, not a summary of each article.
Discussion- how does the research answer your question? What are the limitations in the literature? In this section, you demonstrate mastery of your subject. Explain to the reader what matters about what you learned about your topic and how it applies to life in general.
Wrap the paper up in a Conclusion paragraph here.
***5-7 pages PLUS Title and Reference pages all in APA format, Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, 1” margins all around