1. Document Format.
a. MS Word document
b. One-inch (1″) margins (double-spaced)
c. Times New Roman Font
d. Twelve (12) pitch
2. Citation Format: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017 available online at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html The Author-Date system is recommended.
3. Please review both pages and follow the format in the word document attached below carefully
Your final paper which is due during Week 7 (6-8 pages) is an opportunity to explore a narrow topic of interest to you within the strategic intelligence realm. This paper proposal will get you started on that topic of your choosing. The topic must be directly related to one of the course objectives which is in the below attachment as well. Please use the format in the attachment below. You may simply write over or copy/paste into each area in the attached document where there are explanations.
This paper can not be about a topic you have previously explored in another course. To submit a paper twice for credit in two courses is a form of self-plagiarism.
Please complete all the elements below including the introduction, conclusion and 5 references. The introduction can be an intro to the topic or why you chose it. That and your thesis can certainly change as you research and write your paper. The conclusion can explain the importance of the topic and why it is worthy of exploration. Feel free to write over this proposal document by inserting information specific to you and your topic.
Research Paper Proposal Format-Due Week 3/Paper Due Week 7
Name: Your name
Title: Title of your paper. I encourage you to make this a question. Ask yourself a research question and answer it in your paper. Analysis of an issue is much more important than describing it. For example, instead of “The War in Afghanistan” the title might be “Did the U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003 Help or Hurt the Global War on Terrorism?” The answer to this question is your thesis.
Course Objective Link: Your topic must be much narrower than these objectives. They just need to fall under one of these large subject areas.
The topic of my paper is directly related to the CO below (Place an X):
_______CO-1: Deconstruct the flow of intelligence to support strategic decision making at the White House, Congress, and the executive departments and agencies.
_______CO-2: Assess the challenges and role facing strategic intelligence analysis and strategic counterintelligence.
_______CO-3: Critique the elements, methods, processes, and capabilities of strategic covert action.
CO-4: The role of congress is explored during your Mid-term Paper and should not be explored during this paper.
_______CO-5: Differentiate the fundamental capabilities and limitations of strategic intelligence collection.
Thesis Statement: Thesis statement (i.e. The sentence or two that will sum up what your paper is about). For tips and examples of a good thesis statement follow the below link. In short, it answers your research question. https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/how-to-write-a-thesis-statement.html
Outline: Main points you will discuss in your paper.
1. Introduction. Make the last sentence your thesis statement.
2. Main Point #1 to support your argument/analysis.
3. Main Point #2 to support your argument/analysis.
4 Main point #3 to support your argument/analysis.
FIVE REFERENCES: At least 3 must be from a book or journal searches in the APUS library such as EBSCOHOST, ProQuest, or JSTORS. Format examples below…
Rose, Nikolas. 1999. “Control.” In Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought,
233-73. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Thomas, Nicholas. 2008. “Pedagogy and the Work of Michel Foucault.” JAC 28 (1-2):
Toulmin, Stephen. 1990. Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
Acceptable Academic Research Sources
There have been many questions on what sources are acceptable for academic referencing. Below is something I copied from the APUS library. How and where you access the source is not important; its academic validity is. Your best bets are books and journal articles. You can never cite wikipedia or encyclopedias of any type.
SCHOLARLY (From APUS Library):
Authors will be experts in their fields. Articles are written for experts (or college students!) in the field (lots of technical language and/or discipline specific jargon, statistical analyses, written in a formal tone).
Authors always cite their sources throughout the article, normally in conformance with a Style
Manual, and include list of references at the end. Articles seldom include photographs, but may include tables or graphs of data (may seem bland at a glance).
The journal has very specific guidelines for