Instructions How to Write

Definition Sections

Please organize your Definition Section with the following sub headings:

GENESIS: Genesis mean origins or beginnings and so this section contains research of the historical origins of your issue of research and possibly your core topic. This section is relatively short so do be selective on what you include, meaning you might not be able to cover the history since the beginning of time but what about the modern (within the last 100 years or so) origins. A quick example: let’s say you selected “ethics” and you are investigating the origins of “animal testing”, what are the origins of animal testing and when did people start raising the question of if we should really be doing this?


DENOTATION: This section includes key terms that will be used in your research. Include key terms and their definitions (like a glossary). This section may will vary in the number of terms contained and is expected to be expanded upon as your research progresses. Some of you might only come across a few terms that you feel should be isolated and defined while others will have a few more. I would say this “gossary” to fewer than ten.


CONNOTATION: This section includes perspectives of how your issue and core topic and are important and worth discussing in this current day. In other words, what is the relevance of your research today and how has it become popularized? What are current events and news stories? Why is currently important and a contemporary issue? Who is discussing it and why? This should lead you into the next section of …


OPPOSING / DIVERGENT VIEWS: This section includes "both sides of the coin” or the viewpoints of key stakeholders in the issue of research; elaborate on advantages and disadvantages; pro and con; ethical vs. unethical considerations, etc.. While some bullet points may be used in this section be sure the key viewpoints are expanded on and developed to create a greater understanding.

SYSTEMS / MODEL / THEORIES: This section can include any theories, models, charts, graphs, pictures, time lines or other systems relevant to your research. You can think of it as a more visual section of your paper, but do be sure to include some text to provide context for the images, charts, or graphs.

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