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QuestionStep 3: Writing your Research PaperIn the previous two steps, you performed searches, first to identifyindustry trends, and then for information about an issue in one ofthose trends that you consider to be important to your industry. Nowyou should be ready to draft your paper. This would be a good time toreview organization in writing and paragraphs. You might also reviewthe Effective Writing Center’s Online Guide to Writing, a valuablereference to students who seek to improve their writing.Review your task. You are to provide a research paper that provides asummary of the three top trends in your industry (with associatedNAICS codes). Supply sufficient background for your reader that thetrend is clear and supported by resources you have found. Reviewresources in References and Citations to ensure that you are using “intext” citations to give credit for the ideas of other authors and tobuild your credibility as a researcher, neither ignoring sources norquoting excessively.You will develop a paper that accomplishes two objectives:It will identify the three top trends in your industry and yourrationale, based on the resources you have found, for your choices;It will discuss the issue within one of the trends that you deemimportant, based on the current state of the industry, and will besupported by your analysis of facts and a well-reasoned conclusion ofwhat it means to the industry.Start with an outline and flesh out the main themes with supportingstatements. This will become your roadmap to an organized paper.Draft, sleep on it, and edit. Repeat.Your paper will be 5-7 pages, not including your cover page andReferences page(s), double-spaced and set up in APA standards. It doesnot require an abstract.Your citations, both “in text” and in References will be in accordancewith the APA Style Manual Sixth Edition .Your headings will follow this general pattern:I. IntroductionII. FindingsA. Top Trends of the _____ IndustryB. An Important Emerging Issue in atrend and what it means in context to the industryIII. ConclusionsIV. ReferencesMILESTONE: Many students are asked to re-submit their papers based onincomplete or inaccurate citation formats. This milestone will get youoff to a good start with APA citations. By the end of Week 2, pleasesubmit a draft of your References page. Please use the APA style guideor References and Citations to draft your complete citations. This isan opportunity for you to get feedback before your project is graded.When you submit your draft References page for review, your facultymember will provide feedback on your citation format so that you cancorrect for your project submission at the end of Week 3.