1. The Research paper will come in five parts. The instructions are:
RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC
Impact of Women in Missions History
. Part 1: Proposed topic, abstract, and three sources – Topic must be approved by the instructor. A list of possible topics will be made available. Include at least three sources to make sure there will be enough resources to draw on. Submit Part 1 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 2. YOU ALREADY COMPLETED
. Part 2: Refined topic, edited abstract, outline, and ten sources – Students will incorporate any changes to topic, outline the paper, write questions to be answered by the research, and submit ten sources. Submit Part 2 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 3. Note: Some will need to limit their topic. Others will need to expand their topic. This process should begin this week and continue until the final project is submitted.
DUE SUNDAY, MAY 31ST
. Part 3: Introduction and first five pages – Students will submit the introduction and first five pages of the research paper. Submit Part 3 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 4.
DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH
. Part 4: Introduction and first ten pages – Students will submit introduction and first ten pages, incorporating changes made to initial submission. Submit Part 4 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 5.
DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH
. Part 5: Complete research paper – Students will submit the complete research paper. The paper will be 5000-6000 words in the body of the paper, with a minimum of ten academic resources cited. Submit Part 5 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7
DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH
As previously stated, focus on a good introduction (the end goal should be no less than five well-written paragraphs of introduction), not on a complete abstract. The thesis statement should be one sentence in the introduction of the paper that defines what you seek to show by your research. When you write your abstract for the final draft, it will look slightly different. It should be included as a separate page. An academic abstract typically outlines four elements relevant to the completed work:
. The research focus (i.e. statement of the problem(s)/research issue(s) addressed)
. Your approach to the problem (biblical worldview, implications of issue)
. The results/findings of the research
. The main conclusions and recommendations
As you can see from my description, you will not be able to write a good abstract until most of your research and writing are completed. After this week, leave a placeholder for the abstract and work on a good introduction to your topic.
Remember Turabian format in every assignment that you submit. While I try to be lenient, I want you to get into the habit of documenting your sources properly. It is a good habit in research. If you run into difficulties, please ask for clarification.
We are here to learn from one another’s experiences and to interact with the scholars in our textbooks. We can do that in a positive and stimulating manner. At any point during the term, if you think that there is another source that can provide insight into the discussion, please include it with proper documentation.