Review the Research Paper instructions found within the Research Paper link.
The Research Paper is due in Week Five. To help with preparation, complete the
following and submit to your instructor for feedback.
Select five topics that interest you, as provided in the Research Paper
Develop your thesis statement—the point or perspective you will argue for,
prove, and defend throughout the paper. Please see the Ashford-approved
grammar handbook for information on how to develop a solid thesis.
Reference Page: For this paper you must conduct research in
peer-reviewed journals or other sources that are considered reliable and
academic. In addition to the textbook, you need to incorporate at least
five professional scholarly sources for support.
Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized
by the academic community. What constitutes quality, academic research?
- Primary sources written by experts in the field of
- Secondary sources supported by research in primary
- Credible sources (experts in the area of study)
- Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area
- In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal
articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant
field of study) is required.
- Educational and Government websites may be appropriate
in some cases but should be evaluated carefully.
What sources are not acceptable for
academic research and referencing?
- Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs
- Websites and other sources that do not provide quality
researched materials—that is, the site does not employ credible sources to
support the information in the document)
All research must be documented
according to APA standards (see guidelines for avoiding plagiarism) and reflect
professional, academic protocol.
- The purpose of the APA Reference Page is to assist you
in developing research analysis skills including: critical thinking,
writing, and literature research skills. The reference page should include
the following information for each source:
- Name of the article, including the complete citation
- Summary/abstract of the article – annotation.
Sometimes, it is helpful to ask yourself the following questions in
synthesizing the information:
- Who is the author?
- What was done? For example,
was it an experimental study investigating the interaction of short term
memory and attention?
- How was it done?
- What were the major findings?
- What were the contributions
(new findings, applications, etc.)?
must be two-to-three pages in length (excluding the title and reference page),
and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly
sources (at least two of which can be found in the Ashford Online Library)
other than the textbook to support your claims and subclaims. Cite your sources
in text and on the reference page.
· The relationship
between a strategic plan and the budgeting process.
The impact of a recession on a law enforcement agency’s ability to plan
Apply a specific budgeting process: line item or zero based budget.
Who is involved in the budgeting process?
Impact of budget decisions in maximizing operational effectiveness and
Priorities in the budget cycle.
Types of alternative funding.
Significance of a cost benefit analysis in program evaluation.