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Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 5 in your course textbook, College Writing Handbook, and review your previous work in the research notebooks, as well as your instructor’s guidance and lecture materials. This assignment is an opportunity to advance the research process that you initiated in the Week 2 Source Critique Essay and extend your thinking on your selected topic.

As a reminder, each assignment in this course is designed so that it can lead to the next. Your previous work will help you develop this assignment, and this assignment will be useful when working on your Week 5 Research Analysis Essay final paper. It is recommended that you review the final paper guidelines as you continue to develop your research arc (beginning, middle, and end) that began last week with the Week 2 Source Critique Essay and will build toward the final paper.

Please note that you should always reflect on and revise previous work based on your instructor’s feedback before you consider incorporating it into future assignments. For assistance with accessing your assignment feedback in Waypoint, see the Accessing Your Waypoint Feedback (Links to an external site.) video.

You will be submitting an outline for this assignment. Please download the Outlining the Research Analysis Essay template download, which looks ahead to the Week 5 Research Analysis Essay and breaks those requirements into an achievable and practical roadmap.

Please note: The outline template is a fillable document that breaks down the requirements. You may be familiar with the formal, alphanumeric outline format; however, in this case the main goal is to plot out the trajectory for your final paper. As a result, you are not being asked to write full paragraphs, but to indicate the direction and organization of your final paper.

The research you have done has helped develop a sense of a particular academic or professional topic. By examining each of your articles and considering the perspectives they present, you will be able to write a clear analysis asserting the importance of the issue while developing your response. 

The template will guide you as you complete the following steps:

Outline the introduction paragraph

Indicate the topic you will explore in the paper and assert a tentative thesis statement.

Outline your three body paragraphs

In each section, you will identify the article under consideration. Then include notes to indicate how you plan to

Describe the perspective presented in the article. 

Summarize the article’s findings on your identified topic. 

Show how the article’s perspective contributes to your overall thesis.

Outline the conclusion paragraph:

Restate the main points while reflecting on the significance of the evidence cited and the connections you have made.

Connect the ideas presented to show why the topic is an important one.

The Outlining the Research Analysis Essay assignment

Must use the Outlining the Research Analysis Essay template to guide your work. This template is a fillable document so be sure to fill in all required sections. Additional recommended resources are included in the template.

Must use at least credible sources in addition to the course text.

The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.

To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.

Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications

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