Research Paper Rough Draft
Using your outline and the feedback I provided as a guide, write a 3–5-page research paper on
the topic you have chosen. Make sure that your paper is double-spaced and uses proper font size
and margins. Please refer to the instructions for the Research Paper Outline assignment, as many
of those instructions apply to your rough draft and I will not repeat them here.
Make sure that your paper has a descriptive title that tells the reader what the paper is about.
Also, make sure your name is on your paper.
As with your outline, your rough draft should have an introduction. The introduction should be
one paragraph long. The final sentence (or few sentences) of your introduction should be your
thesis statement, which should act as a mini outline for your paper. The body of your paper
should have headings, one for each topic mentioned in your thesis. You should then have a
conclusion, in which you wrap up your paper. The conclusion is also the place where you can
provide your opinion on the topic if you wish.
If you choose to write on a controversial topic, try to keep your paper as impartial as possible.
Give each side equal attention in your paper and avoid sources that are overly biased. Ideally, I
should not be able to tell which side of the issue you agree with until I read your conclusion.
You must include information from at least three different sources in your paper. The course
material can count as one. At least one of your sources must come from an academic, peer-
reviewed journal. The other two sources can be almost anything, including websites. Just make
sure that your sources are trustworthy and not overly biased. Do not use Wikipedia as a source.
It is a good place to start the research process, but if you find information you would like to use
in Wikipedia, you need to go to their sources and find the primary source. You can then go to
that source to find the information so you can cite it in your paper.
Make sure you cite your sources appropriately. You should include a Works Cited page at the end
of your paper (this does not count towards your page count), which should include the
information for every source you used in your paper. You also need to cite your sources in the
body of your paper itself. In the paper, cite your source every time you give me any information
that did not come out of your own head. Since this is a research paper, most of the information
should come from sources and not from your own head. Remember, you need to cite your
source even if you are just paraphrasing the information and not using a direct quote. I don’t
care which style or format you use to identify references, as long as you are consistent.
The typical way sociologists use citation references is to put the name and date of publication in
parentheses following the information that came from that source. For example, “Students who
read the text do better on examinations (Smith 1999).” The full citations for the references
should follow at the end of the paper in the following format:
Smith, William (1999). Text reading and examination grades. Journal of Teaching Sociology, vol.
30, pp. 101–125.
How to Find Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
I recommend you begin your search of peer-reviewed sources through BYU’s library website.
Follow the instructions listed below to get started.
Log on to the BYU Library website.
On the home page, click Databases.
Now you should see a list of all of the electronic databases available to BYU students. I
recommend you start your search in the Sociological Abstracts database.
When you get to the database, you should be able to search for your topic. Make sure that you
limit your research to peer-reviewed articles by checking Peer reviewed below the search box.
Once you find the article you want, you should be able to click either Full Text or Get it @ BYU,
which should eventually take you to the full text of the article.
Research Paper Outline
– Race has been a prominent issue in America
– Even though racism is not as big of an issue as 50 years ago, racial inequality still
– How different races are portrayed in the media.
– Lead roles are always white, minorities are often portrayed negatively.
Mr. Chow in the movie Hangover, etc.
– Non-whites in career leading positions are rarer.
Bring up institutional prejudice and discrimination.
– Police brutality against African Americans.
– Lower elite college acceptance rate for Asians Asian people have to do better in
school than other races in order to get in.
– Minorities are tending to behave like white folks.
Abandoning the culture.
– Racial inequality still exist in our society.
– Call to action: we should do our best to avoid the inequalities.