There are two Parts to this assignment
Part one Your goal for this outline is not to write the paper, but to writing headings and statements that will support and organize the writing of your paper. For example, for each body paragraph, you should write a title that would serve as the theme of your section. For some sections, like the thesis statement, it may be wise to actually write a thesis statement to organize your thoughts and give your paper a direction.
NOTE: The research paper guidelines are listed at the bottom of this document as a reminder of the expectations.
The first paragraph introduces your topic to the audience and makes your point clear.
• The hook: introduce your audience to the main idea of your paper.
• Context: introduce the area or field of studies where your research might be applicable.
• Rationale: tell the audience why your topic is important or relevant.
• Thesis statement: the claim or the main point you make in your entire writing.
• Topic sentence: your first claim to support the thesis statement.
• Explanation: give an explanation or evidence to support your claim.
• Supporting point: give factual data, statistics, and/or citations from reliable sources to support your claim.
• Supporting sentences: give as many supporting claims and relevant evidence as you need.
• Concluding sentence: give a small conclusion to your points.
(Repeat body paragraphs as needed)
The conclusion draws the line under all of your points and gives a final statement on why your point or claim is correct.
Concluding points: give concluding points to all the claims you’ve made.
Although some students skip writing an outline for their research papers and underestimate its usefulness, it plays a big role in your success. With a good outline, you increase your chances of writing a high-quality paper. An outline completes several important functions:
• It helps you to follow the right structure.
• It contains all the ideas, evidence, and points you should include, so you won’t leave something out.
• It helps you focus on the task and contributes to a faster writing process.
Identify a minimum of THREE resources and put them here as a citation in APA format.
The Oceanography Research Paper Assignment is a choice topic paper. This means that you can pick any topic related to oceanography topics. Below, you will find a list of potential topics, but you are not limited to choosing one of them. As long as the topic is directly related to Oceanography and meets the standards of a college-level academic paper, you may choose what you are most interested in.
The paper should be written in APA format. An APA format guide is provided in a link on the outline document.
Your APA paper does NOT require an abstract page, which is typical of a longer document.
Your paper SHOULD include a title page and should be formatted with the correct headers and page numbers.
Your paper should be a minimum of five (5) pages in length, Times New Roman 10-12 font, double-spaced.
Your paper must include a minimum of three (3) academic resources, properly cited in APA format.
The paper must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox in the assignments section of D2L. Please do not email me your paper. I will not grade it.
Possible Topic Ideas (You are NOT required to use these. Choose what you are interested in)
The Ice Age and Oceanic Development
Undersea Volcanic Activity
Deep Sea Sedimentation
Dissolved Organic Matter in the Ocean
Water Circulation Patterns in Fjords
Salinity Processes in the Indian Ocean
Colonization of the Ocean Floor
Ocean Reefs and Biodiversity
Changing Dynamics of the Ocean’s Food Web
Comparison of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
The Origin of Ocean Water
Marine Chemistry (salt, oxygen, carbon dioxide, trace elements)
Icebergs and Sea Ice
Wave Transport of Sediment and Beach Formation
Coastal Erosion and Deposition
Geothermal Processes on the Ocean Floor (Mineral Formation)
Life in the Deep Sea
Upwelling of Deep Water
Use of Remote Sensing in Oceanography
Oxygen Isotopes in Deep Sea Cores
Ocean Impacts on the Atmosphere
Sea Level Rise
Past, Present and Future
History of Ocean Exploration
There are two Parts to this assignment