Identify a behavior (call this behavior X) that you know some people (or groups of people) engage in but other people do not engage. For example, X might be the use of illegal drugs.
Find evidence from one reliable source that identifies what percentage of people (or groups) engage in that behavior and what percentage do not. Include a graph/chart, table, or quotation that shows clearly that some engage in the behavior but others do not.
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Explain why you believe the source you are providing to be reliable or credible. Here are some guides:
“The CRAAP Test,” CSU-Chico: http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
“Evaluating resources,” UC-Berkeley: http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/evaluating-resources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Evaluating internet resources, Georgetown: https://www.library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Find at least two (2) scholarly, academic articles that claim to explain why some people/groups do X while others do not do X. Articles from newspapers, magazines, and websites will not fulfill this requirement. For scholarly, academic articles in the social sciences, use the following:
Web of Science: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/wos
Project Muse: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/projectmuse
Academic Search Premier: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/AcademicSearchPremier
ProQuest Social Science: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/proquest-social-science-premium
Make sure you include citations to these articles in your paper and list them in a References section at the end of your paper.
Lay out the explanations, theories, or independent variables that your two (or more) articles say explains why some people/groups do X and others do not do X.
Structure your paper with the following headings:
Introduction Describe your research question. Explain why its something that is important to explain.
What needs to be explained? This is your dependent variable. Put the graph/chart, table, or quotations here and then explain why it deserves your time to do research on it. Explain, as part of this section, why is this a reliable source.
What independent variables do scholars say explain why some people/groups do X and others do not do X? Put the description of the independent variables that explain your dependent variable and the logic of explanation. Provide citations to your articles where you are using them.
Conclusion Describe what are the key points that answering your research question would require you to do.
References Make sure you provide well-formatted bibliographic entries for all citations in your paper.
Write a paper of approximately 1,000 words, including references.
Include your name, a title for the paper, date, and word count at the top of the paper. MS Word will do a word count for you (google to find out how).
Ensure you use headings to identify different parts of your paper. To use headings easily, apply Control Alt 1 (PC) or Command Option 1 (Mac) to apply the same formatting to each paragraph that you want as a first level heading.
Fulfills all requirements in “Assignment substance” section below.
Reflects an understanding of — and thinking about — concepts from the course.
Uses references to course materials and/or outside references to support the argument.
Is well-written, well-structured, well-argued, and has been proof-read prior to submission to ensure it is relatively free of spelling, grammar, and other easy-to-avoid errors.
Turn in the assignment by the date designated on Canvas in Word or PDF format — if you use any other word processing software, make sure to save it as one of these formats before uploading.