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Gen 499 – w3 | GEN 499 General Education Capstone | Ashford University

TOPIC FOR FINAL PAPER: Poverty and Income Inequality
Write: For this assignment, review the Annotated Bibliography Formatting Guidelines (sample attached) and address the following prompts:

Introductory paragraph to topic (refer to the Final Paper guidelines for your topic selection).

Write an introductory paragraph with at least 150 words that clearly explains the topic, the importance of further research, and ethical implications.

Thesis statement.

Write a direct and concise thesis statement, which will become the solution to the problem that you will argue or prove in the Week 5 Final Paper. (A thesis statement should be a concise, declarative statement. The thesis statement must appear at the end of the introductory paragraph.)

Annotated bibliography.

Develop an annotated bibliography to indicate the quality of the sources you have read.
Summarize in your own words how the source contributes to the solution of the global societal issue for each annotation.
Address fully the purpose, content, evidence, and relation to other sources you found on this topic (your annotation should be one to two paragraphs long—150 words or more.
Include no less than five scholarly sources in the annotated bibliography that will be used to support the major points of the Final Paper.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills by accurately interpreting evidence used to support various positions of the topic.

The Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography

Must be 1,000 to 1,250 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style.
Must include a separate title page with the following:

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

Must utilize academic voice.
Must use at least five scholarly sources.
Must document in APA style any information used from sources.
Must have no more than 15% quoted material in the body of your essay based on the Turnitin report. References list will be excluded from the Turnitin originality score.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style

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