An abstract (not more than 250 words)
A literature review
Discussion or conclusions
Introduction: This should be one to two pages in length. The introduction provides a brief overview of what will be covered and the purpose of the research paper.
Literature review: The literature review is taken in part from what you wrote in Week 3. The literature review is NOT a copy of that material. Rather, it is a discussion of your topic using the information you learned from reading that material and other articles and citing those sources.
Discussion and conclusions: The difference between a great research paper and a marginal one is the depth and originality of the discussion and conclusions section. This is where you bring together what you learned from the literature review (as well as through the course) in your concluding remarks regarding your topic. You are giving your opinion and analysis of the information, supported by what you have found in the research as well as other readings. The discussion and conclusions section should be one to two pages in length.