There is no question that writing an outline is essential to producing a coherent paper at the end of our research. Unfortunately, some of us lack the discipline to follow a “process” and, usually, jump into researching whatever it is that we have an interest in , learn a lot about it and then have the hardest time putting our ideas down on paper.
I think that it is good that we have been asked to write, and submit, an outline for our final paper. I say this because writing the outline will force us to begin building the framework of our papers. I, for one, am accustomed to, and feel most comfortable, taking a “stream of consciousness” approach to writing. Unfortunately, this is not an approach that can be applied, very well, to the writing of research papers. Hence, I’m “suffering” through this experience.
Now, switching to another topic:
I noticed that some of you wrote that in doing your research you found it difficult, at times, to discern between “real” and “fake” data/sources. Sadly, this is a problem that we all face and what motivated me , in part, to chose Critical Thinking as the topic for my paper. Here is a link to a humorous take on the “news”. Look at how well produced it is, and consider how someone less sophisticated and cognizant of American culture than you would react to these reports. I hope you enjoy it!