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Assignment | GOVT 2305 Research Paper (Khatri): Getting Started

Summer 2019 | Federal GOVT 2305 | Khatri



Prior to the final paper, students are expected to submit a
  • Topic Selection paper (see Topic Development tab). 
  • An Annotated Bibliography (minimum 2 scholarly or government sources)
  • Paper Outline
This sequence will prepare you for the final paper as described below.

Final Paper:

Each student will submit a 6-8 page research paper on either a piece of legislation, an executive order, or a Supreme Court case, enacted or decided since 2000 by the US federal government.  The tool of policy that you chose must be active, meaning that it is a law that has been passed and is currently enforced, it is an executive order that has not been rescinded, or it is a Supreme Court case that has been decided and not overturned.

Students will use this paper to analyze the example of governmental power/action of their choice by explaining the action to the best of their understanding and then putting the issue in context of the broader scope of government. Ask a few questions:

  • What does this action say about the power of the branch?
  • How does it affect the power of the branch as given by the Constitution?
  • How does this action affect the relationship between the acting branch and the other branches?

Use these questions as a basis for your paper but expand on these ideas from there. The analysis is based on data and facts, not suppositions. Challenge yourself to present statistics or scholarly evidence to back up your analysis. Scholarly evidence can be found using governmental documents and scholarly information sources. Access scholarly articles with the research databases found in the Databases tab of this guide.JSTOR and Academic Search Complete are examples of academic databases that can help you develop the analysis associated with this paper (law reviews in JSTOR).

The Online Sources tab contains links to websites and governmental sources (state and federal) that have been properly evaluated by librarians. Browse the government sources to help you determine your topic. Content that is derived from sources outside this guide or the LSCS research databases will take points away from the analysis component of the grading rubric.

Please remember that this is a research paper and not an argumentative or opinion paper. 

It is not necessary for you to have your topic approved by the professor, but recognize that should you choose not to, you accept the consequences, i.e. points deducted as listed below, should your paper topic not meet the requirements as listed in the syllabus. The analysis portion of this paper relies heavily upon your initial topic being correctly chosen.  One cannot analyze that which is not actually law or a case that has not been decided on yet.  If you choose an incorrect topic you will not only lose points for the topic, but also the analysis portion of the rubric. 

Academic Integrity

All submitted papers will be checked for originality of the work submitted, through Points will be deducted from the final grade of the paper as the percentage of the overall work that matches to outside sources increases. marks not only in text content but also citations that can be found in other sources. Matching citations will not be counted against the student, but matching in text content will. 

Be sure to use the Writing & Citing tab of this guide for academic writing and citation help. 

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