Geography of British Columbia
The term paper should be a maximum of 2,500 words and a minimum of 2,250 words and be referenced properly (fully and properly cited).
This research paper should analyze an issue or topic based in British Columbia (at any relevant scale) from a geographic perspective, focusing on ecological, social or economic factors. Do not use the same topic or material used for the first assignment in your term paper. You may want to unpack an issue more fully than the first assignment by analysing the policy, or lack of policy, put in place to address the issue (then you could also make recommendations about how to improve the issue response in the future).
A historical geography approach is also acceptable.
If you do not have a lot of experience writing term papers, I encourage you to spend time on organization by using an outline.
For the paper follow the guidelines provided below.
1. CONTENT: Relevance of topic to course themes; use of appropriate number and diversity of sources (academic sources must be cited and supplemented with other sources); and originality.
2. ARGUMENT: Do you present a coherent and reasonable argument? Is the thesis clearly stated? Is it consistent with, and supported by, your evidence? Is it logically consistent? Does it take into account major counter-arguments?
3. ORGANIZATION: Clear introduction, setting out the central topic(s) or questions, and how you will be proceeding to address them; systematic exposition of ideas, not straying from the topic, and leading to a conclusion.
4. STYLE: Grammar, literacy, intelligibility of expression; acknowledgement of sources; consistent footnote and bibliography style.
If you are uncertain about citation and writing style, then please consult a style manual such as K. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, or the well-known Chicago Manual of Style. Both should be in the book store or library. For references, please use the APA style available on the Library web page. MLA citation style is also acceptable, just be consistent.