Brief proposal outlining your course research paper

Example of an Outline and Topic:

The first step in writing a research paper is to create an outline. The following is an example of an outline for your paper and it includes the specific required components. The topic will be different according to what you select. You must include at least 10 references to support your sections. These same references will be used in your final paper. All sources must be credible and scholarly. Again, that means no magazines, newspapers, or URLs that are for advertisement of a product will be accepted.

NOTE: In your outline, provide examples for each of the sections below that relate to your paper and research (e.g., I  VII, etc. and a, b, c, d, etc.). Do not copy and paste this outline verbatim and simply change the topic. In other words, read the articles you have selected and provide additional information that expounds on each section of this outline.

The following is an example of the structure and content of the outline which will build to your research paper. All the general information should be included in your outline as well as data and information that are relevant to the topic you have chosen.

Research Paper Outline

I. Examples of Topics: Adolescent Obesity, Violence in Families, Date Rape, College Drinking, Environmental Pollution, HIV/AIDS, Spanking as Corporal Punishment, Asthma in Children, Unintentional Injuries, Suicide, CVD, Risk Factors of CVD, Breast or Prostate Cancer, Male Violence Against Women, Health Impact of 9/11.

II. Provide Evidence that the Problem Exists (your outline must include reference/s and citations to support each part of the outline statement by using author, year format. For example, when you identify a reference provide the author and year (e.g., Smith, 2006) of the article you are using to support your work.

a. Define the Population You Are Researching (Caffe, 2003)
b. Incidence (Cable, 2003; Jonston, 2005; Lanier, 2005; Barker & James, 2005).
c. Prevalence (Clark, 2006; Courtney, 2005)
d. Significance (Elliot, 2007)

III. Behavioral Dimensions (Johnson, 2006)
a. Etiology (Carter & McAfee, 2004)
b. Expression (Barber, 1999)

IV. Psychosocial Dimensions
a. Etiology (Gordon, 2005).
b. Expression (Rose, 2004)

V. Environmental Dimensions (Rose, 2004)
a. Etiology (Smith, 2007)
b. Expression (Barber, 1999)

VI. Prevention: Examples of Intervention Programs That Have Been Implemented in the Past. What has been successful?
a. Primary (Author, year)
b. Secondary (Author, year)
c. Tertiary (Author, year)

VII. Public Health Policy Implications (Author, year)
a. What are the implications of the research you have done in regards to the policies that might be implemented? (Author, year)

Include a bibliography page(s) listing full text references at the end of your outline following APA formatting. Remember, all in-text citations must match a complete reference in the bibliography and vice versa.

Note: The concept  expression includes the behavioral and social manifestations of the problem/concern: (i.e., behavioral manifestations of adolescent obesity might include wearing baggy clothes, sedentary hours before the TV, as well as signs and symptoms of a true body image disorder).