Trend Paper

Finding Proof of a Trend:

  • Government Statistics
  • US Census
  • EBSCO and Other Library Databases
  • Magazines, Newspapers, Journals found in print
  • Television News Shows
  • A trend could be described as an inclination or a tendency in a general direction. If you are asked to speculate on something, you can't just assume that you know of a trend. Begin with an idea and then look for articles and statistics that will prove this tendency.

    After proving the trend, bring research into your paper to bring experts into the discussion. That will help you determine a few causes as to why this trend is occuring. Wrap up your paper by speculating on the future of the trend.


    Informed statement of topic + opinion statement = THESIS


    Through an increase in the use of online services and texting, the way people date has dramatically changed compared to past generations (Layman 1).


    Outline for Trend Paper:

    Introduction: Get interest of reader & Prove/Establish the trend

        1. Give Examples that make the subject concrete

        2. Use scenarios or anecdotes that may resonate with readers’ own experience

        3. Quote authorities and research findings

        4. Citing statistics to show a significant increase or decrease over time

     THESIS STATEMENT: a good thesis statement makes clear exactly what causes are being proposed; tell your reader the reasons you are going to explore that support why this trend exist

    Plausible Causes and Support:

      1. Cause number one---could have several facets and several sources/quotes/states to support
      2. Cause number two—ditto and be sure to use transition
      3. Any counterarguments - offer an objection to those who might not believe the trend exists
      4. Cause number three---Consider building to “the most important cause contributing to this trend is….”

    Conclusion  Where are we headed? Will the trend continue to increase or decrease?  Why? Should we expect a similar phenomenon any time soon? Make your reader reflect on what is coming.


    Tips for a thorough outline

    • A rough idea of the plan for the introduction
    • A topic sentence for each paragraph, which clearly states what that specific paragraph will be about
    • A rough idea of how each paragraph leads into the next, and how each paragraph is related to the one before it
    • A list of evidence for each paragraph, preferably linked to sources with specific page numbers for quotes or paraphrase
    • A rough idea of the plan for the conclusion
    • See this template or an outlining software for help in formatting.