Your research paper should be written in MLA font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, and author-date style. You are required to cite at least twice from class readings and include a bibliography of at least six varied academic sources (Links to an external site. Your six sources may not include webpages, and each source must be cited within the text of the paper. The length of the paper should be between 2,000-2,500 words (not including a title page or references page). This is a research paper and as such, you should identify a clear and focused research question. The thesis statement should be a direct answer to the research question as espoused from the research conducted. You may utilize both qualitative and or quantitative methods of inquiry. You could conduct a longitudinal analysis, comparative analysis, or case study analysis. Your paper should follow the introduction, body, and conclusion style. I do not want you to simply regurgitate what you have read in class. You need to demonstrate that you can utilize the lens’ presented in class, synthesize information and present an insightful argument or observation about your topic in a meaningful way.

To find a research topic open the textbook and pick a chapter, then pick a subsection. Next read the subsection and begin to identify a narrow topic.

Text book: Glen Krutz and Sylvie Wakiewicz. American Government. (Free online in OpenStax).

  • The first reference should be the assigned course textbook
  • You need at minimum 5+ peer-reviewed journal articles

Annotated bibliography

Next you need to summarize each of the references

  • For Example:
    • Chapter 12.1 and 13.4.
      • 12.1= “In recent decades, two-term presidents have nominated well over three hundred federal judges while in office” (450).
      • 13.4 = “Presidential nominees for the courts typically reflect the chief executive’s own ideological position” (502).
    • Comiskey, Michael. “The Supreme Court Appointment Process: Lessons from Filling the Rehnquist and O’Connor Vacancies.” Political Science, vol. 41, no. 2, 2008, pp. 355-358.
    • Greenberg, David. “The New Politics of Supreme Court Appointments.” Daedalus, vol. 134, no. 3, 2005, pp. 5-12.