For the Final Paper, you will select one topic from the list below. You will want to choose a topic that is
important or interesting to you.
Instructions for completing the Final Paper:
Please select from one of the following topics, which are addressed in the course textbook, Introduction to
Collaborative Technologies (covered in Chapter 1)
Ethical Concerns in Computing (covered in Chapter 1)
The Digital Divide (covered in Chapter 1)
Open Source Software (covered in Chapter 3)
The Impact of Mobile Computing (covered in Chapter 4)
Social Networks (covered in Chapter 7)
Protecting Copyrights and Intellectual Property (covered in Chapter 8)
The Future of Cloud Computing (covered in Chapter 9)
Return to the textbookand review the pages in the chapter that pertain to your selected topic.
Next, login to the Ashford University Library and conduct a search on that topic.
The INF103 tutorial (Links to an external site.) will walk you through the basic steps of doing a search for
scholarly articles within the Ashford University Library. A transcript of this video can be accessed through
your online course.
Select two scholarly articles to use in your paper. For each article, write down the author information, date
of publication, title of the article, the publication information (journal title), and the database from which you
retrieved the article. You will need this information when you create your references for the sources.
Begin the writing process. You are going to compare the points of view offered by these authors (the author
of your textbook and the authors of the two articles you have selected) on your selected topic, and then
offer your own point of view based upon your analysis of the readings.
The Ashford Writing Center (AWC) offers assistance with the writing process. The AWC contains many
tutorials and offers online guides for how to develop an academic paper. Click on the Writing Center link
under “Learning Resources” in the left navigation of this course to visit the AWC.