Your paper will be divided into four components (be sure to label each): An abst

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Your paper will be divided into four components (be sure to label each): An abstract, introduction, body, and conclusion.
CRITERIA FOR ABSTRACT:
This is a general summary of what your paper is about. It will be single-spaced, should be approximately 50 words, and include your paper’s
theme and importance. No Bluebook citation is needed/required for this component.
CRITERIA FOR INTRODUCTION:
I. Clear statement of the topic
II. Clear statement of purpose (what is the writer trying to accomplish with this paper?)
III. Clear statement of significance (why is this topic important?)
IV. How will your paper make a contribution to the research and literature that already exists on this topic?
V. What is the legal question or research question in general?
VI. State the thesis/claim about the topic
VII. (Optional) State your finding (e.g., “this research evidences and shows that…………”
VIII.Provide roadmap (preview the main idea and arguments that will be presented in the body of the paper)
CRITERIA FOR BODY:
I. Arguments (or main ideas) that ultimately provide a sound and substantive foundation with the aim of ultimately proving and validating
the thesis/claim of the paper. This is where the writer will often use most of their research sources in the paper (e.g., court cases, law
review articles, scholarly journal articles, print media, magazines, Internet sources, books). As a general guideline, most papers have two
to three main ideas.
CRITERIA FOR CONCLUSION:
I. Briefly summarize (not exhaustively repeat again) the substance found in the body of the paper (arguments and thesis/claim)
II. Briefly show or explain how your paper has advanced knowledge (or filled gaps) in the field and made a substantive contribution to the
existing research and literature on the topic
III. Briefly show or explain how you accomplished your purpose (see Introduction) and reiterate its importance
IV. Looking forward, briefly explain any questions that may have emerged from your research and may be explored by other researchers
OTHER STUFF:
As this is a research paper (not a reaction paper or opinion piece), students will need to provide a source for anything in the paper that is
factual and not common knowledge (otherwise it plagiarism). Consistent with all legal writing, students need to employ Bluebook citation (see The
Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, https://www.legalbluebook.com. The university library likely has this in its reference section).
Although there is some information online (by googling Bluebook citation), one has to be careful as not all websites (even university websites)
have inaccurate information. Always consult the official Bluebook manual! I have the online/digital version that I purchased at the website
noted above. Another good way to see how Bluebook citation is used is to look at articles in any good law review journal (e.g., Communication
Law & Policy, Federal Communications Law Journal, First Amendment Law Review, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, Michigan
Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Yale Journal on Regulation). In brief, when information in the text of your paper is factual and not
common knowledge, it is represented by a superscript numeral, and corresponding footnote (not end note). Again, secure one of the law
review journals noted above and spend ample time studying the text, and the footnotes. There will be a brief handout posted on the course
LMS with some examples of how some sources (e.g., court cases, books, Internet sources, law review journals, print media) are cited and
would appear as a footnote. Your paper needs to be 1,500 words in length (not including footnotes); anything less than 1,250 or more than
1,750 will be penalized pursuant to instructor discretion. Students are strongly encouraged to use Word or Pages to compose their research
papers because both word-processing programs are helpful with employing footnotes. Use Times New Roman or Palatino Linotype font, one-
inch margins, main text font size of 11 or 12; footnote font size 9 or 10. Double-space the main text of the paper, while single-spacing the
footnotes. Include a title page. No contractions. No first-person or second-person point of view (use third-person). Focus on grammar,
punctuation, syntax, writing skills. Due date will be posted on the course LMS. See the course syllabus for any associated policies.

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