Focus of the Research Paper
Description: The Research Paper will be based on a topic of your choice. You will identify relevant topic material consistent with the focus of the topic using scholarly journals and professional web-sites with authored material (not popular Internet sites). In addition to the textbook, you need at least two articles from professional scholarly journals. A summary of the findings from the research activity and a communication of the meaning of the findings completes the written process. You will need to appropriately cite all sources using APA guidelines along with an abstract and reference page.
Definition of scholarly journal“ Scholarly journals, for the purposes of the course, are those journals that are research-based, may be publications of a professional association, may be journals such as Nature, Scientific American, etc. and are authored. The majority of research articles are primary sources. That is, they are based upon the observations and experiences of the individual. Articles from the web generally do not meet the criteria of a scholarly journal. However, some professional journals can be reached through the World Wide Web.
Magazines and newspapers are secondary sources. Overall, books are secondary sources. However, they may be a primary source. An example would be an author who wrote firsthand a book discussing his/her research. Almost all of the articles found in the Ashford library are scholarly sources. Also, a good online source for scholarly sources is <www.googlescholar.com>.
Approach: In order to assist in the development of the Research Paper, please follow the guidelines listed below:
Topic: a.) Select a topic or issue you would find within a culture (i.e. art forms, health issues, family relations, hairstyles, food, symbolism, beliefs). Select any topic that you think could capture your interest: warfare, transportation, political systems, money, styles of dress there is no limit. b.) Once you have selected a topic or issue, select a living culture and discuss your selected topic or issue within that culture. For instance, you may be interested in the rise of diabetes in indigenous people such as the Kayapo, or the educational boundaries of women in the Middle East. Or you may compare and contrast two cultures with the same issue, such as the role of adolescence in the United States and China, or the comparison between the Amish consumption and labor to that of their neighboring cities. Be sure to choose a culture(s) appropriate for a study within cultural anthropology (a study of living people).
Thesis: Develop a clear thesis statement/topic sentence. This will become the point or perspective you will compare or discuss in the paper. Please see the Ashford-approved grammar handbook for information on how to develop a solid thesis.
Research Requirements: For this paper you need to do research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are considered to have reliable information (do not use sources from the secular press, i.e. Time, Newsweek, Parent Today). In addition to the textbook, you need at least two articles from professional scholarly journals and from ProQuest database in the Ashford University online library.