Your paper should not resemble any of the follow examples at:


Download the attached requirements file. The second file outlines the APA requirement for this paper. The third file (“Using the References tool…”) provides additional help on that topic.

This assignment has two goals:

have students increase their understanding of  ethical issues related to the use of information technology through research, and

learn to correctly use the tools and techniques within Word to format a research paper, including use of available References and citation tools.


These skills will be valuable throughout a student’s academic career. The paper will require (use attached APA paper template):

a title page,

NO abstract,

three to five full pages of content with incorporation of a minimum of 3 external resources from credible sources and

a Works Cited/References page.


Wikipedia and similar general information sites, blogs or discussion groups are not considered creditable sources for a research project.


No more than 10% (as shown through analysis) of the paper may be in the form of a direct citation from an external source.


You will outline an original paper for this course by using the Hamburger Paragraph method.  Through the Hamburger Paragraph, you will be shown how to outline a 5 paragraph essay with supporting details for each topic sentence you have outlined in your Introduction paragraph.  This will be shown through videos from  the book, How to Read Literature to Write an Essay, by Lorette S.J. Weldon, EdD.  Follow these steps to successful paper:


Purpose of Writing:

Outlining What You Write:

Text Marking:



Your paper should not resemble any of the follow examples at:


One of the following topics will be assigned to each student during the first week of this course.


Topics for Research Paper

The focus of the paper should be on the following:

Issues facing the IT Manager or Security professional (e.g., privacy, ownership, control, accuracy, and security) in an environment where information technology is constantly expanding and changing.

Writing Quality for the Research Paper

All Grammar, Verb Tenses, Pronouns, Spelling, Punctuation, and Writing Competency should be without error.

Be particularly careful about mis-matching a noun and pronoun. For example, if you say “A person does this…” then do not use “their” or “they” when referring to that person. “Person” is singular; “their” or “they” is plural.

Remember: there is not their, your is not you’re, its is not it’s, too is not to or two, site is not cite, and who should be used after an individual, not that. For example, “the person WHO made the speech” not “the person THAT made the speech.”

In a professional paper one does not use contractions (doesn’t, don’t, etc.) and one does not use the personal I, you or your. Use the impersonal as in the previous sentence. It is more business-like to say “In a professional paper one should not use contractions,” rather than saying, “In a professional paper you don’t use contractions.”

*Remember: spell-check, then proofread. Better yet, have a friend or colleague read it before submitting it. Read it out loud to yourself. Read it as if you are submitting it to your boss.