Response Paper: Introduction To Terrorism

***Instructions are VERY specific and MUST be followed exactly***

Pick ONE of the following questions and choose a position. You must research your position and write a solid defense of whatever you chose to discuss:

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1. What group currently poses the greatest threat to the US and why?
2. What type of terrorism do you think is the most dangerous to governments? Why is this greatest threat and what actions should be taken to prevent it? (Note: This question is not discussing weapon-types.)
3. Sometimes terrorism ends – pick a group and discuss how they’ve gone away.
The paper should be written using the APA Handbook and guidelines. Do not include works in your references that are not cited. We are CRAZY about insisting on using APA format. Your entire paper, (which includes a cover sheet and an abstract) including your bibliography/references MUST be in APA format – ask us if you have questions or need help. Failure to use APA is an automatic 10 points off your paper grade.

You will be submitting your papers through TurnItIn and the following rant is because every semester we have a student who thinks they can get away with it. The end result is usually begging, tears, apologies, threats, and ultimately a failing grade – and that’s just what the instructors go through.

Under no circumstances should you be using Wikipedia or similar web sites as a reference for your papers. This includes any website that allows for community editing of information (a wiki). However, you may visit Wikipedia, etc. to find other primary source information.

Your paper must be 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 11 font, with 1” margins, with spacing between paragraphs set to zero. You must have a title page (which does not have to be APA compliant), an abstract, and a works cited page. These pages do not count as written content. We use the grading rubric found on the next page so there should be no surprises as to what you will be graded on.

Undergraduate Paper Requirements:

Paper must be 2 pages of written content (This does not include title page, abstract, or bibliography), and must cite at least 3 quality sources. The course textbook can be used as a source but does not count towards your minimum.


· Don’t use any type of first person “I” or “we” or “us” or “you”. You should be writing in the 3rd person neutral ie “Research indicates that fully one third of Dr. Casserleigh’s students don’t read this far in the assignment (Rodgers, 2019). “
· This is a research paper – don’t write a speech, don’t address the reader directly, don’t share your opinion, and don’t treat this like a journal entry. Don’t ask the reader to “imagine you are eating dinner” and don’t have flippant or colloquial sayings in your paper like “Because America is for the free” or “we are all Patriots on 9/11”.
· You can have a stance – ie why torture doesn’t work – but that must be backed up with loads of research and citations and presented in a neutral, non-passionate, and clearly defined way.
· Use specific examples and case studies. Use written work by experts in the field (FYI – unless your topic covers an area you’ve worked and published in for 15+ years you are not yet an expert).
· Use “real” sources – like Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Congressional Research Service (CRS), Rand, Foreign Affairs, etc. – stay away from websites that are far right or far left wing, or materials that are self published. News sources like Washington Post, NYT, The Economist, or Wall Street Journal are OK-ish but main stream media sources should not dominate your research. When in doubt go to the source – find the original report or document.
· For the love of all that is holy, use APA formatting! MSWord will do it for you under the “references” tab, and many web sites will show you the proper formatting. These are easy points that get left behind because the author doesn’t bother, says they don’t know how, or thinks we won’t notice. Specifically this paper should have a title page, and abstract on a separate page, a running header, and font size and spacing as outlined in the instructions.
· Cite everything! If it is a fact you found somewhere – cite it. If it is a historical point – cite it. If it is an idea/theory/concept/conclusion that is not your own – cite it. The more citations the better!
· Only upload .doc or .docx – we can’t open any other file formats. Do not upload .pdfs – they are a hot mess in Canvas bc of TurnItIn.
· READ the assignment instructions and grading rubric. There are specific criteria for formatting, font size, and paper length.
· If you have any questions ask us – we are fast, friendly, and fast!
Avoid the History Trap

As you are working on your research paper I want to caution you again the “history trap”. Many of you will be profiling specific groups or organizations – please do not spend the bulk of your paper going over the groups actions. We (the graders) know the groups you are referencing – you may discuss actions as they are relevant to your prompt – but don’t have a full page on this history and achievements of the terrorist organizations. We (the graders) are focused on your ability to answer the prompt – not providing an extensive history of the groups. Don’t fall into the history trap when writing your paper – it will cost you.


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