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Research Paper Instructions:
Select a research question.
This question will serve as the topic that you will explore and center on throughout your research.
Then, prepare an essay of argumentation that focuses on some aspect of the issue.
Remember—you must take a position about this issue and you MUST include a clear claim that centers on your position.
Place the claim as the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.
Your research project essay
will need to be between nine (full) to ten pages in length.
You must address an issue that
has at least two sides (email me for topics if youre not sure)
Effectively address the
rhetorical situation – audience, purpose, context
articulate a clear position
regarding the issue and argue that position with logical reasons
adequately develop the argument
using credible support (research)
acknowledge the opposing
viewpoints and employ counterargument or concession
identify and explain the
assumptions, contexts, and consequences of the various positions.
Utilize at least 10 credible
sources – from scholarly databases, books, etc. (no google .com sources)
MLA formatting
Read and carefully follow all
of the guidelines for MLA on the purdue OWL website.
You will need to incorporate 10
outside sources (Note: does not constitute a source.
into the essay—use paraphrase and/or direct quotations).
From these
sources at least 4 need to be books and the rest may be database articles,
documentaries, etc.
You will need a Works Cited
page at the end of your essay that includes the 8 – 10 sources.
Follow these style specifics:
Only write in third person
Do not use contractions
Follow all MLA guidelines
Your research will be for the following reasons:
To establish background or preliminary information.
To support an assertion with facts, statistics, or
professional information.
To exemplify an idea with testimony, examples, and the
To support the claim
Select a topic that you will
enjoy researching and writing about
Read and explore this topic
carefully—what are the positions already expressed about this issue?
Select a specific position that
you will assert in your claim.
This will be a working claim that can
evolve with your research and growing understanding of your topic.
Begin prewriting activities
(i.e., brainstorming to find out everything you already know about this
topic, asking questions, further researching this topic)
Research extensively: include
citations or paraphrases.
Vary your resources. Do not depend
solely on Internet resources—points will be deducted for not using other
resources such as books, handbooks, journal articles.
Limit web resources to those
that include one of these suffixes: edu, .gov., or .org (unbiased).
For any other Internet resources, discuss with me before using.
Wikipedia is not an acceptable
website for this paper.
Other guidelines:
For this paper you must use at least 10 outside
sources (Note: does not count as a source).
A clear claim needs to be composed
Present at least three reasons to show the logic of
your position.
Develop each reason thoroughly.
Write in third person (he, she, him, her, his, hers,
they, their, them, etc.)
NO first or second person.
Works Cited—this is part of the document and should
appear as the last page of the document. Document the sources and place in
alphabetical order.

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