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Homelessness in the U.S.

(No limit for sources) include these!

https://www-clinicalkey-com.proxy.library.stonybrook.edu/#!/content/playContent/1-s2.0-S0091743510004305?scrollTo=%23hl0003300

https://www-clinicalkey-com.proxy.library.stonybrook.edu/#!/content/playContent/1-s2.0-S0735675719306631?returnurl=null&referrer=null

https://www-clinicalkey-com.proxy.library.stonybrook.edu/#!/content/playContent/1-s2.0-S0376871617301242?returnurl=null&referrer=null

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-115hhrg31458/pdf/CHRG-115hhrg31458.pdf

possible sources to look at

https://www-clinicalkey-com.proxy.library.stonybrook.edu/#!/content/playContent/1-s2.0-S0376871611001682?returnurl=null&referrer=null

Introduction

Does it explain to the reader what the social problem is? ___

When setting the stage, are you using shocking statistics or a brief narrative that starts with “Imagine . . .” or “Picture . . .” that will get the reader interested? ___

Does the thesis statement reference that the problem needs to be solved and that the best solution is X (whichever solution you think is best or, if this has not yet been decided, use “X” as a place holder)? ___

Have you cited information that is not common knowledge (e.g., it’s information that a fellow student with a different major would not know, it must be cited, even if you have paraphrased!)? ___

If you have used another’s words, have you added quotation marks AND a citation? ___



Three pages about the problem

Have you used no more than one-half of a page to give historic information about the problem (if you are including history)? Only include a history for how the problem evolved if it is absolutely necessary, otherwise, leave this out. ___

Have you given statistics that indicate the size of the problem/number of people affected? ___

Have you explained the ramifications/consequences/effects of this problem on a society (e.g., the individual, the family, the region, education system, the health care system, law and order, labor force, the economy, etc.)? ___

Have you used transition words at the start of each paragraph, to connect each paragraph to its previous one? ___

Have you cited information that is not common knowledge (e.g., it’s information that a fellow student with a different major would not know, it must be cited, even if you have paraphrased!)? ___

Remember to only quote statistics and definitions, and then cite these. A list of medical (illness) symptoms is an exception and may be quoted.

If you have used another’s words, have you added quotation marks AND a citation? ___





Three pages about the solutions and your conclusion

Solutions

Have you suggested solution one (from an expert)? ___

Is this solution clearly explained, perhaps example(s) given, an analogy used? ___

Have you suggested solution two (from an expert)? ___

Is this solution clearly explained, perhaps example(s) given, an analogy used? ___

Have you defined what would make for a Best Solution? ___

Have you followed this with:

a) Solution 1 doesn’t meet your definition of best? ___

b) Solution 2 doesn’t meet your definition of best? ___

c) Given a solution 3: clearly explaining this solution, perhaps example(s) given, an analogy used? ___ (note-you cannot combine two solutions and make it a best solution).

d) Explained how Solution 3 meets your definition for a Best Solution? ___

Have you used transition words at the start of each paragraph, to connect it to its previous one? ___

Have you cited information that is not common knowledge (e.g., it’s information that a fellow student with a different major would not know, it must be cited, even if you have paraphrased!)? ___

Remember to only quote statistics and definitions. A list of medical (illness) symptoms is an exception and may be quoted.

If you have used another’s words, have you added quotation marks AND a citation? ___



Conclusion-Remember that your paper is making two arguments: that this issue needs to be solved and that Solution 3 is the Best Solution (note-you cannot combine two solutions and make it a best solution).

Have you avoided repeating everything the reader has just read? ___

Is there an analogy you can use, e.g., a social issue that was resolved in a similar way (maybe in another country), or a similar type of issue solved in the way you selected as best? ___

Have you reinforced why the reader should care that this problem should be solved? ___

Have you reinforced that your “best” solution should be implemented? ___

Overall check

The paper is written in the third person. When you have completed the paper, do a computer search for “you,” “our,” “we,” “us,” etc. Replace these with nouns or third person pronouns.

A minimum of six different academic sources have been cited, only one if which may be a highly credible news source. Repeatedly citing one source still only counts as one source having been cited.

Is each of your cited sources on your Works Cited page?

Are there sources on your Works Cited page that have not been cited in your paper? If so, delete these from the Works Cited page.

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