Research Paper Outline
1. Name: Student
2. Topic: Egg and Sperm Donation: Ethical, Legal and Medical Perspectives.
3. Introduction (one sentence of the position you intend to take in your paper)
4. Case study (Just the title of the case – example: “Case of Baby M”)
5. Medical Issues (One sentence)
6. Legal Issues (One sentence)
7. Ethical Issues
a) Arguments from proponents and opponents
b) Evaluation of the case study using one approved objective norm of morality
10. Bibliography (only five major references for the outline; research paper should have as many references as possible)
The paper must be ten pages in length, double-spaced, on a topic approved by the professor. It is to include: endnotes or footnotes and a bibliography. Each student must submit a one-page written outline of their paper with a list of appropriate sources.
I. Outline for the paper:
A. Abstract: An abstract (of no more than 200 words), succinctly summarizing your research content, should accompany your paper on a separate page.
B. Introduction: This should be a description of the focus of your paper, how you plan to develop this focus, and finally, a statement of purpose (thesis statement).
C. Case Study or an examination of a particular development that you wish to explore. I would recommend a case study because it will keep you more focused.
D. Research Material: This should be the heart of the paper. You should research the issue entirely and then present both sides of the issue. This is a Bioethics paper, so make sure you present your positions from a theological and philosophical standpoint. You should be able to argue both sides of this issue. Make sure you include the positions of various bioethicists. Examples of some appropriate bioethicists might be Richard McCormick, Charles Curran. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Eileen Flynn, Warren Reich, Edmund Pellegrino, James Gustafson, Paul Ramsey, John Mahoney, Bernard Häring, Robert Veatch, Richard Gula, James J. Walter, Thomas Shannon, William E. May, Joseph Boyle, Andrew Varga, Leon Kass, George Annas, Robert George (legal). . .
E. Your Argument: This should be the second major part of the paper. You should apply your objective norm of morality and the appropriate ethical principles to the case and the research. Make sure you state your norm, define it clearly, and apply it accurately. Then, with a well-formed conscience, you should come to a well-reasoned and well-argued philosophical or theological conclusion.
F. Conclusion: A summary of your position and argument and any last pearls of wisdom.