However, the paper must be based on facts or the opinions of authoritative sourc
However, the paper must be based on facts or the opinions of authoritative sources (e.g., peer-reviewed studies/books, government data, data/analysis published by established organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International American, etc.) Your research should include mostly traditional sources (e.g., books, journal articles, etc.). While it is acceptable to search the World Wide Web, be aware that textual information found on the web is often not peer-reviewed as is the literature in journals and other organs of academic research. Additionally, information found on the web, while informative, can often only present one side of the issue, resulting in some bias. You will therefore be expected to be critical of what you read and how you incorporate this material into your paper. Thus, if you cite non-governmental, non-scholarly or otherwise unknown websites, you will have to back up and verify their data—e.g., compare their data with that published in scholarly books, peer-reviewed journals, or legitimate bodies/agencies such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
A minimum of eight published academic sources (e.g., books or journal articles) is required.
In terms of length, papers should not exceed 12-pages of double-spaced text (not counting title page/abstract/references).
You should structure your paper as follows:
Title: Choose a concise title that adequately reflects what your paper is about. The title aims to catch the attention of the reader and compel him/her to read on, thus your title should be descriptive, punchy, and relevant.
Introduction: The introduction should explore the background to the body of the paper that will follow. In a few sentences at the end of your introduction, describe why you chose your particular topic and why it is important.
Main Body: This is the major presentation of the thesis of the paper and it should be liberally structured with sub-headings that will logically lead the reader through the development of your arguments. The main body should consist of a literature review—i.e., an account of what has been published on your chosen topic by accredited scholars and researchers. You might want to include specific considerations such as: (1) what population/group does this issue/problem affect the most? (2) Who (if anyone) benefits from this issue/problem and how? (3) What theories might be useful for explaining this issue/problem?
Conclusion: In the conclusion, summarize the thesis of your paper. You should also address the policy implications of your research. That is, what might be some solutions/correctives to the problem/issue you have addressed.