Overview: This is an independent research project. You are supposed to select a geographic scope (e.g. a region of China, a province, a city, or the whole country) and an issue that is of particular importance to that region (and of interest to you). You are required to research the issue and write a research paper of approximately 7-15 pages that discusses the nature, origin, and outlook for that issue. You may consult the instructor for possible research topics or/and talk to a librarian for useful academic references. Objectives: The objectives of this research project are threefold: 1) to encourage you to explore, in some depth, geographic issues in a region of China; 2) to help you develop some basic research skills (e.g. data acquisition, library searching, etc.); 3) to help you develop your written communication skills. What to include in your paper? In your research paper you should firstly introduce the region of your study (e.g. where is it, what is it like, who lives there, etc.) Then you need to analyze the nature of the issue, describe the research data and methods (if any), characterize geographic patterns discovered, provide possible explanations for the observed patterns, and discuss the future outlook or policy implication of the issue. In other words, in addition to describing what the issue is, and what its impact is on the 2 region, you need to think about and discuss when and why the issue arose in the first place, and what is likely to happen in the future (i.e. worsen or improve?). You can find a short list of possible topics on pages 2-3, which you are free to do, but there are hundreds of other possible issues as well. Reference You are required to consult sources such as books or journal articles. You should make reference to at least one academic source other than the textbook. You must clearly cite any sources you use. The referencing system you use is up to you (e.g. APA citation style or MLA citation style), but it must be consistent, and the reader must be able to determine exactly where you got the material from. Students may ask a librarian for useful academic sources (a 24/7 online reference assistance service is available at: http://www.library.fullerton.edu/services/research-assistance.php). Formatting Requirements Your research paper should be of about 7-15 pages in length (including the title page and bibliography but excluding tables, figures and maps). You may place all your tables and maps after the text and bibliography. If you have multiple tables and/or maps, they should be clearly numbered (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Your paper should be typed and double-spaced in 12 point font with one inch margins. You should include a title page which clearly indicates the course code (GEOG 345), the title of your research project,


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