Assignment 2.3 Research Report Bibliography/Outline and Research Report

This evaluation tool is composed of two assignments:
1) the bibliography/outline assignment, and
2) the research report.
The bibliography/outline, which is due in Module 2 of HIE208, will be used to write your research report in Module 4. The amount of work you complete in Module 1, with regards to how thorough a job you do of the bibliography/outline assignment, will impact significantly how much work will be required on the research report in Module 4. When doing the bibliography/outline assignment keep in mind that this material will be necessary for the Module 4. Keep the content of the bibliography/outline assignment in a file that is easily accessible to you when you reach Module 4.

Bibliography and Outline

Date Due: Friday 26 February
Weight: 5%
Late Penalty: 2% each day
The research report bibliography/outline forms the first part of your report. In preparation for your research report, you must complete a bibliography and outline that will be used in the second part of the term (i.e. Module 4 of HIE208) as part of your research report.

In Module 2 of this course, you will not prepare the entire paper. For Module 2 you will prepare the outline for your paper, and a bibliography, both of which will be used as preliminary research for your research paper. The assignment should be written in a MS-Word compatible file format, 12 point font and double spaced.

Post your outline to the Discussion Forum for Assingment 2.2 and read on other persons outline and comment.

Use the following directives as a guide to preparing this assignment.

Definition (100-200 words). Describe your proposed paper. It must be within the limits of your paper (2000 – 2500 word research paper), and must therefore have a limited scope. It is recommended that the scope be defined in terms of a question to be answered. Describe in general terms how you will find the answer to the question, what sort of sources you will use, and what evidence those sources will provide. If you use concepts like “effectiveness” or “causes” or “relationships” then provide a succinct explanation of what you mean when you use those words.

Objectives (not more than 50 words). Provide a single overall objective of your paper, and, if need be, several minor objectives (keeping in mind that this will be a 2000 – 2500 word research paper).

Hypothesis (one succinct sentence). State the hypothesis of your position paper. This is a tentative answer to your research question. You need to tell the reader what you are going to argue and what conclusion your argument will reach. Your outline should be entirely based on the argument you want to make and how it will develop.

Outline (not more than 250 words). Provide an outline of your proposed position paper. Sentences with the key idea for each part are more useful than bullet headings. The outline should provide a detailed map of how your argument will develop. It should also highlight some of the sources that will be used to develop the argument.
Complete your position paper outline by including a title page.

Annotated Bibliography
The bibliography should be divided into the following sections, and its length is not limited. Keep in mind that grades will be assigned according to the quality and breadth of your sources and the precision with which you apply the American Psychological Association (APA) 5th Edition referencing style1. If at all possible, you should consult a local library as part of the process for developing a bibliography. In addition to physical libraries and for those of you who cannot access a library (due to geographical restrictions) you may also use the Canadian Forces Virtual Library ( Accessible remotely by any member DND/CF, it contains some good sources. Please note that you must apply for remote access privileges to the library and that it takes several days to obtain your login credentials; therefore, apply early in the term. The form is located here:


List at least 2 books (either monographs or anthologies) on the topic that you propose. Keep in mind that some books are better than others (i.e. refereed academic
1 There are several electronic resources available that can help you understand how to use APA style. Three particularly good ones are: 1) The RMC Military’s Writer’s Handbook, available on the class website, 2) The Purdue University Online Writing Lab: research/r_apa.html and 3) The Official APA Style website:
publications tend to be better than commercial ones). Provide a short annotation (maximum 100 words) on one of these books.

Refereed Journal Articles (print or electronic)

List at least 4 journal articles from refereed publications that you propose to use. Provide a short annotation on two of these articles (maximum 100 words each).

Primary and Reference Sources

List at least 2 primary sources for your project. A primary source is one generated directly by the phenomenon you are studying, e.g. Hansard or committee paper, government documents and reports, official publications of speeches, Statistics Canada databases, etc.

Internet Sources

List at least 3 online sources and ensure they are not from Refereed Journals so as not to overlap with section F2. Keep in mind that some online sources are much better than others, and you are being graded according to the quality of your sources.

Other Sources (optional)

Provide a list of all other sources that you want to include (eg., interviews, commercial publications, documentaries, etc.)
Complete your annotated bibliography by including a title page.