Paper Outline, Abstract, and Full Bibliography
For this assignment you will turn in the outline for your paper (a version of it will become your Table of Contents in the final paper, with dot leaders and page numbers). Your outline should be specific enough to guide you in your research and to show the reader how the paper will be structured. It needs more detail than points that read merely “Biblical Foundations” “Arguments in Favor” “Arguments Against” etc. (such an outline indicates that you have not been reading and researching your topic–you don’t want to leave that impressions). Be detailed.
The Abstract should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, and double spaced. (It need not have footnotes–and shouldn’t.) It should be a summary of the paper. Here is an example of an abstract for a paper on another topic (not ethics):
This paper will begin with a survey of the historical background of Rastafarianism, in African and Traditional Caribbean Religions. It will then set this religion within it context, focusing particularly on the influence of colonial domination on the development of Rastafarian belief. The paper will end with a critical evaluation of key Rastafarian doctrines from a biblical perspective.
Notice how easy it is to tell what the paper will be about (though no details are found. One can imagine what the outline might look like–an Introduction, a section on African religions, a section on Caribbean religions, a section on Rastafarian teaching in its modern context, and a biblically based evaluation. If the researcher has worked diligently up to this point, each of those sections will have two to four main points under them in the outline.
Finally, you will include the full bibliography. By week six you should have found most, if not all, of the sources you intend to use in your paper. List these in a properly formatted (Turabian style) bibliography. (If, in fact you end up using a couple of other sources, as you complete the paper, it is alright to add those sources to the bibliography when you produce the final paper in week eight.).
All of this should be in a single document, in Times New Roman 12 point font.
THEO 650 Paper Outline, Abstract, and Bibliography Grading Rubric
|Criteria||Levels of Achievement|
|Content 70%||Advanced 92-100% (A)||Proficient 84-91% (B)||Developing 1-83% (< C)||Not present|
|Outline and Abstract||81 to 88 points The assignment contains an outline of the paper developing from the student’s approved topic, along with an abstract explaining what the paper will argue or prove. The ideas outlined support the abstract and thesis of the paper.||74 to 80 points The assignment contains an outline of the paper and an abstract. The abstract statement is cogent and generally aligns with the outline; however, some points are unclear and need revision.||1 to 73 points The assignment contains an outline of the paper and an abstract. The abstract is unclear, and the topic is too broad, or the points of the outline do not support what the paper seeks to argue or prove.||0 points|
|Structure 30%||Advanced 92-100% (A)||Proficient 84-91% (B)||Developing 1-83% (< C)||Not present|
|Grammar and Spelling||10 points Assignment contains fewer than 2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||8 to 9 points Assignment contains 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||1 to 7 points Assignment contains 5 or more errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||0 points|
|Bibliography and Turabian Requirements||25 to 27 points Bibliography contains a minimum of 10 scholarly, relevant sources. Minimal errors (1-2) noted in the interpretation or execution of proper Turabian format.||23 to 24 points Bibliography contains 8-9 scholarly, relevant sources. Few errors (3-4) noted in the interpretation or execution of proper Turabian format||1 to 22 points Bibliography contains 7 or fewer scholarly, relevant sources. Numerous errors (5+) noted in the interpretation or execution of proper Turabian format.|