Dr. Melissa Rigney
May 19, 2011
Childhood Obesity: A Growing Epidemic in the United States
• Research Proposal – Your research paper will be two to three pages in length, (excluding the title and reference pages) formatted in proper APA style, and will include the following: o Scope and nature of the problem
o Specific claim (modified from your claim submitted in Step One, if necessary, as a result of your research). o Justification of your claim (i.e., why it is important). o Method of data collection (i.e., types of sources you plan to use and where you will look for them). o Preliminary findings (i.e., results you have found so far). Your proposal must be written from a third-person point of view, in future tense, explaining what you plan to accomplish in your research. • Preliminary Reference Page - Your reference page should include at least four sources that you intend to use in your paper, and be formatted to proper APA style. The following steps will assist you in finding sources and writing your reference page: o Refer to the Library Tutorial, Intro to ProQuest Searching, and the Sample Reference Page in the ENG 122 tab of the Ashford Writing Center. o Search the databases in the Ashford Library (located in the Library link in the left navigation of the online classroom) and the Internet. o Locate at least four scholarly sources that you believe might be useful for your Final Research Paper. These sources must be appropriate for an academic research paper (see Chapters 4 and 5 of your text).
Mayo Clinic Staff (2010, Oct. 9). Childhood Obesity. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childhood-obesity/DS00698