esearch Paper Process
Identify an appropriate research topic, related to the course, which you have personal
Locate at least two significant and relevant articles – they should be substantial articles
from a viable printed or posted source (not Wikipedia) of about 8-10 pages, not only 1-2
Read the chosen articles to ensure they are appropriate and relevant to your course and of
Write and submit your Research Paper Abstract (due in Module 6).
Once your Research Paper Abstract topic is approved, make any corrections (as needed)
and begin publishing your paper.
publish a summary of your articles. The summaries should be mostly (90 – 95 percent) in
your own words and thoughts about the article you are summarizing. Prior to
summarizing each article, ensure there is a heading within the paper that indicates an
article summary (e.g. [Article Name, APA citation] Summary).
publish an introduction to each article summary – tell the reader why you are presenting
this article summary (what is the significance of the topic or issue), what should they
focus on while reading this summary and what should they get out of reading it?
There should be a transition paragraph (and new heading) between each article summary
and your conclusion– help the reader understand why they just read the selected article
summaries, and that you are taking them to your conclusion.
Next you should be able to publish the conclusion to your paper. What did you identify and
what proof did you present about the issue, a new technology, a policy change, or an
invention that will have an impact on aviation or the reader.
Lastly publish the introduction to your paper. Now that you have a summary of each article,
an introduction to each article, and a conclusion you should be able to write a one or two
page introduction that gives the reader an overall perspective of your research (e.g. what
is the topic, the purpose, and the result of your findings)
Review and refine your Research Paper prior to submittal (due in Module 17).
Contents of the Research Paper
The Research Paper must be between 10 -12 pages double spaced, not including the cover and
Cover Page (page 1)
Abstract (page 2)
o Your original Research Paper Abstract, with any suggested corrections
Article Summaries (pages 3-8)
Conclusion (pages 9-12)
o What should the reader take away from your paper? (e.g. a new interest in the
topic, an idea how something works, or and understanding how a significant
historical or current event contributed to aerospace capabilities, e.g., “The
importance of this historical event . . . resulted in the future development of a
cyber threat impervious future commercial aviation transportation industry.”
Citations (page 13)
o APA citations of your chosen articles.
o For additional information on proper APA formatting, including in-text citations
and supplemental research paper guidance, visit the MSU Denver Writing Center
or explore the Purdue Owl website.
How to Write the Research Paper
Research and identify an aerospace topic that is of interest to you.
Topics can be:
o Historical – a significant contribution to modern day aerospace, private or
o Current – aviation or space flight development, can be new technology, new
aircraft, propulsion, changes in commercial transportation.
o Future – air traffic control upgrades (e.g., FAA NextGen), commercial space
transportation developments (e.g., supporting NASA) or the future of the
commercial space industry.
Read each article then:
o Highlight the key elements of your article that you will address in your paper.
o Summarize your reading in your own words – your final paper should be 90-95
percent your own words, not substantially paraphrased.
o Identify 1-2 significant short quotations from each article that can support the
importance of your paper’s topic.
o Write a first publish, get your ideas on paper (or computer) and then go back and
Use APA citation to cite the article in the paper (when it is introduced) and in the
citations page at the end of the paper.