How to structure your paper:
Introduction: Begin your introduction with a statement that will capture your readers’ interest, making them want to read the rest of your paper. Consider opening with a compelling story, a fascinating quotation, an interesting question, or a stirring example so that your reader will understand why this topic matters. Follow this by stating the policy you chose and why you chose it (this is one portion where you may give an opinion). Finally, explain to the reader what you will be discussing throughout your paper. Writing tip: When writing, pretend that your reader knows absolutely nothing about your topic. This will help you to be more thorough in writing your entire paper.
Describe the Issue: Provide a full and complete description of the ethical issue you have selected, including an in-depth history of the issue. Provide as much detail of the issue as you can.
Research Evidence: Discuss the research evidence on your chosen issue.
Solutions: Discuss evidence-based possible solutions to your chosen issue.
Implications: Discuss the implications and possible impact that your researched solutions propose.
Conclusion: Synthesize, don’t summarize: Include a brief summary of the paper’s main points, but don’t simply repeat things that were in your paper. Instead, show your reader how the points you made and the support and examples you used fit together. The conclusion needs to balance all that was discussed throughout the paper. You should not introduce new evidence for your argument in the conclusion.
Reference Page: You shall include a reference page at the end of your paper that begins on a separate page and must follow APA formatting. The ONLY forms of sources you are allowed to use are academic books, academic articles from peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, etc.), “.gov” websites such as fbi.gov, cdc.gov, etc. You may also use articles from major/reputable newspapers and government reports.
All non-academic sources are strictly prohibited. You are specifically restricted from using Wikipedia or similar encyclopedic sources (e.g. about.com, ask.com, yahoo.com, etc.). Any “.com” site as well as “.edu” sites; while .edu may have information that is of value, their information as sources do not belong in an academic paper.
Class notes are also not appropriate to use as a source.
Any use of non-academic sources such as those listed above will result in an automatic zero on the assignment.
Assignment Formatting Instructions
12pt. Times New Roman font only
1″ margins on all sides
Name, date, course in the top right corner
A centered title
All answers must be in complete sentences and should be at least three pages and no longer than four.
Proofread your work as spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization count.
Use the following format when naming your file: your First Initial and Last Name with the Assignment Name.
File Submission: Please submit your files as a DOCX or PDF file.