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Final Paper   Progress [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

  

Prepare: In preparation for this discussion forum, make a list of   what you learned most throughout the process of researching your final essay   topic, as well as difficulties you may have encountered along the way. (MY TOPIC IS INTERNATIONAL DRUG   TRAFFICKING)


 

Reflect: Think about what you have learned in the development of   your research findings on the global societal issue you chose in the Week 1   discussion forum, your proposed solution and its ethical outcomes, and share   with your classmates why this specific issues requires further research.


 

Write: For this discussion, you will address the following   prompts:

· Identify   the global societal issue you have chosen to research for your Final Paper,   an argumentative essay, and explain why further research on this topic is   important.

· Provide   a clear and concise thesis statement that includes a solution to the global   societal issue (see Writing a Thesis   Statement (Links to an external site.) for   assistance).

· Explain   how this global societal issue impacts a specific population.

· Locate   a peer-reviewed scholarly source and provide statistical data that you found   surprising on the topic.

Your initial post   should be at least 250 words in length, which should include a thorough   response to each prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of   applicable required reading materials and/or any other outside sources you   use to support your claims. Provide full reference entries of all sources   cited at the end of your response. Please use correct APA format when writing   in-text citations (see In-Text Citation Helper (Links to an   external site.)) and references (see Formatting Your References List (Links to an   external site.)).

  

Scholarly Sources and   Research [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]

  

Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this assignment, view the   videos Scholarly and   Popular Sources(1) (Links to an external site.), Why Can’t I Just Google? (Links to an   external site.), and Effective   Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies (Links to an   external site.).


 

Reflect: Good   research is a combination of many types of sources. Prior to taking this   course, did you understand the differences between these sources and the   importance of finding one type of resource over another?


 

Write: For   this discussion, you will address the following prompts:

· Explain at   least five differences between popular and scholarly sources used in   research.

· Locate and   summarize one peer-reviewed, scholarly source from the Ashford University   Library and one popular source that pertain to your Final Paper topic. In   your summary of each article, comment on the following: biases, reliability,   strengths, and limitations.

· From the   sources you summarized, list and explain at least five visual cues from the   peer-reviewed, scholarly source that were not evident in the popular source.

Your initial post should be at   least 250 words in length, which should include a thorough response to each   prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of applicable required   reading materials and/or any other outside sources you use to support your   claims. Provide full reference entries of all sources cited at the end of   your response. Please use correct APA format when writing in-text citations   (see In-Text Citation Helper (Links to an   external site.)) and references (see Formatting Your References List (Links to an   external site.)).



  

Required Resources

Multimedia

Cendejas, M. (2015). Scholarly and popular sources (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Scholarly+and+Popular+Resources%281%29/0_ue1ih9qt

· This video addresses the differences between popular and scholarly sources. It also provides some tips on how to search for specific types of sources through various databases in order to determine what sources are scholarly and can be used in a research paper. This article will assist you with your Scholarly Sources and Research discussion.

Kloza, B. (Executive Producer), Fabian, R. (Director), & Baber, J. (Producer). (2011). Effective Internet search: Basic tools and advanced strategies (Links to an external site.) [Streaming video]. Films On Demand database.

· The full version of this video is available through the Films On Demand database in the Ashford University Library. This video addresses the differences between popular, scholarly, and trade publications. It also provides some tips on how to search for specific types of sources through various databases in order to determine what sources are scholarly and can be used in a research paper. This article will assist you with your Scholarly Sources and Research discussion forum and your Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography assignment this week. This video has closed captioning and a transcript.

Library La Trobe University. (2009, September 16). Why can’t I just Google? (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. https://youtu.be/hqjJyqfceLw

· This video provides an animated dialog between two college students in which one appropriately researched her sources for the assignment and the other student simply did a web search and used sources that were not scholarly within his paper. The student who did better on the paper explains the issues with finding sources via a web search compared to scholarly sources one can find in the school library. This article will assist you with your Scholarly Sources and Research discussion this week.
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