Voting Behavior Research

(Instructions)
Students will responsible one research paper, divided into two main parts, based on one of the pre-selected areas (see below). The first part of the project requires the student to turn in a research proposal (approximately six pages long) for the paper due at the end of the course. For the second part of
the project, students will convert their research proposal into a longer paper (approximately 10 pages long). (Only writing research paper, not proposal)

(Topic) Voting Behavior: Examine the voting behavior or political participation of African Americans, Latinos, or women in Maryland or Virginia represented group (minorities or women for example) over the past ten years;

(Research QUESTION)
Comparison of Black voter turnout for previous Maryland Governor, Martin O’mally (D), and the incumbent, Larry Hogan (R). How did each candidate fair with Black citizens (voters). What were factors that contributed to gaining or losing support.

(Outline)
Introduction (½ to 1 page)
–Each paper’s introduction should (a) introduce the reader to the topic area.

Statement of the Problem (½ Page)
–Tell the reader specifically what the topic of your investigation is, and why research is needed in this area.

Divide Problem into Research Questions and Hypotheses (½ to 1 Page)
–Students must conceptualize 2 to 4 clear research questions and hypotheses that will frame their discussion.

Literature Review (Approximately 4 Pages)
–Using at least five academic or professional sources (two books and three journal articles /book chapters), the student must summarize the work of each author. Each summary should indicate what the author(s) is studying, how she or he studied the topic, and what were the author’s findings (½ to 1 page for each author).

Methodology Section(Approx. ½ page): The student should indicate the following: whether the paper is quantitative or qualitative; identify the data sources employed in the paper; and list what the scope or range of the paper is (for example, the years or region that paper covers).

Analysis Section (approx. 4 pages): Based on your primary source, what were your findings? Were your hypotheses confirmed or rejected?

Conclusion (½ to 1 page)

Your conclusion should summarize the major findings of your research, and discuss any
prospects for future research

Note: All Papers Must Have a Statistical Component

Bibliography –Government Majors must use Chicago/Turabian Citation Format.

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