***PICK A TOPIC OF YOUR CHOICE. THE TOPIC USED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT SHOULD FALL WITHIN THE REALM OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. ALL FOUR SOURCES MUST COME FROM UMUC’S ONESEARCH LIBRARY, THE WEB ADDRESS, USERNAME AND PASSWORD ARE PROVIDED IN THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. THE TURNITIN REPORT MUST BE PROVIDED AS WELL.***
Writing Assignment #2 The Four-Source Essay: Basic Synthesis Summary of assignment • Task: The four-source essay asks you to synthesize the arguments of four sources. • Length: Minimum of 1000 words. • Format: APA • Sources: Four sources, all of which you will find through library searches. You will select a topic of your choice, conduct searches in the library databases, focus the topic, and determine four sources to use in this essay. o All of your sources must be from scholarly journals or credible trade journals. No sources can be from popular journals. o Please use only four sources. Please do not incorporate more than four sources into this essay. Articles to Use for the Essay For this essay, you will select four articles on a topic of your choice within the realm of Business Management. The articles should be on the same topic but feature different perspectives, opinions, or conclusions about some aspects of the topic. For example, if you are majoring in cybersecurity, you might locate four articles about the need for improved training for employees on mobile security issues. The four articles might take different angles on the topic, perhaps even disagreeing in some respects. To use another example, if you are majoring in criminal justice, you might locate four articles on the CSI Effect. The articles should take different perspectives on the topic. Perhaps one or two of them say that the CSI Effect exists and one or two say that it does not exist. Or perhaps all agree that it exists but they all take slightly different approaches to addressing the problem. Whatever topic you consider, keep in mind that it should be a topic on which a number of studies or scholarly articles have been published. You will conduct all of your research using UMUC’s OneSearch library in finding scholarly articles or articles from credible trade journals. ORGANIZATION FOR THIS ESSAY: You will write an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement. Your thesis statement will demonstrate what the various sources say on the topic. You will also have various body paragraphs that show synthesis. In synthesizing sources, you will divide your paper into themes. For example, let us assume that you find four articles on the need for improved training for employees on mobile security issues. In this situation, assume that the four articles emphasize different issues. One emphasizes the costs of data breaches to companies. Another emphasizes reasons that employees do not practice safe cybersecurity practices. Another discusses methods for training employees. Another mentions costs of training for such initiatives. You might divide the paper into two categories: • Reasons for implementing a training program • Methods of and costs involved in implementing a training program Please use only four sources. Do not be put off by the word “synthesis.” To synthesize something is just to combine several things into one new thing. Thus, mix blue with yellow and you get the synthesis of green. Some things to keep in mind when writing your essay: 1. Carefully read the four articles you have chosen, making notes about what’s interesting, what you disagree with, what you might want to quote in your essay. 2. Decide on the main idea. Each of the four articles is going to present at least slightly different views on this topic. But you are going to write a thesis statement that shows the main ideas about what the sources say on the topic. Point of view: For this essay, you will use third-person point of view. Please do not use first person point of view (e.g., “I,” “me,” “we”) in writing this essay. In addition, please do not use second-person point of view (“you” or “your”) in writing this essay. For example, instead of “Smith argues that, as a director, you have a duty to coordinate cybersecurity efforts...” you would write, “Smith argues that directors have a duty to coordinate cybersecurity efforts…” APA Style The paper should be formatted in APA style. The video How to format your paper according to APA style might be helpful to watch. In summary, you should observe the following: • Use one-inch margins. • Double space. • Use size 12 Times New Roman font. • Include a running head. • Include page numbers. • Include a title page. • Include a “References” page on which you list the four articles in APA style • Do not include an abstract. This paper is not long enough to warrant an abstract.