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Research Paper – Thesis and Outline Instructions

The thesis must state the subject matter of your paper, and explain the position that you are taking on the subject. It must be no more than a couple of sentences and should help you focus your topic.

In your thesis, you must take a position on the topic—this could include exposing the faults, explaining the positive, or providing a better way of dealing with the problem.

Here are 2 websites that can guide you in producing your thesis.

Your outline must be well-developed in current APA format, including all of your paper headings and subheadings. It must be clear and concise to provide an established framework for the paper. A well-written outline will help you keep your paper on track and make sure there is a logical progression of ideas.


Here is a website that can help you with producing an outline:


The Research Paper: Thesis & Outline is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3


Research Paper – Thesis and Outline Grading Rubric


Points Possible

Points Earned

The Thesis

0 to 10 points

  • States the subject matter of the paper.
  • Explains the position of the subject.


The Outline

0 to 30 points

·      Well-developed paper outline in current APA format that is clear and concise. Includes all paper headings and subheadings.

·      Well-established framework for the paper.



0 to 10 points

Current APA format, spelling, grammar, and syntax are correct.




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