Research Paper will be on Abortion and needs to be fact based
For Essay 3, you must write an argumentative research paper.
Research Paper will be on Abortion and needs to be fact based.
That is, the paper must:
a) Argue for or against something, present a solution to a problem,
b) Or defend a position, and
c) It may not just present information on a subject.
For your own research paper:
1. Write a research paper that tries to convince the reader of a position. In other words, to repeat, your paper should not just inform your reader about a topic, but instead it must convince your reader of something. Think of an argumentative paper as writing FOR or AGAINST something.
2. You may choose your own topic, but to promote writing across the curriculum, choose from the following:
• Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. An art student, for instance, may not be sure at first what argumentative topic to tackle, but perhaps he or she could write an argument about the use of sex in advertisement, etc. Ultimately, choose a topic that will be of real interest of you.
• Think of a problem or issue you faced then or are facing now, a policy with which you disagree, etc.
For the purposes of academic discourse, you are each, of course, entitled to your own personal beliefs. However, it will best for this course to depend on academic sources that are independent of personal faith.
Your final research paper must be 1500 words and adhere to MLA formatting.
• The paper must incorporate formal research.
• A minimum of three (3) sources must be used.
• Only ONE (1) source may come from a direct website; this does not mean that you cannot conduct all of your research online — you can, but your other sources must be academic ones (books, newspaper articles, journal articles, etc.).
• Within the paper itself, you must cite each source from which you paraphrase, summarize, or quote. All in-text citations must adhere to MLA formatting. Although this is a research paper assignment, the bulk of the paper should still come from your own original ideas, interpretations, evaluations, and suggestions. Roughly, no more than 30% of the paper should come from source material.
• An accompanying Works Cited page is required: papers submitted without one will automatically earn a zero (0).
• Accompanying multi-media materials can be incorporated and are encouraged, but should be in addition to, not in place of, other formal source material and own content.
An argumentative paper cannot just present information.
• It cannot just, for example, give a lot of facts about how much health care costs in the United States or what percentage of Americans live in poverty (though these facts may be used in your essay to help support an argumentative opinion).
• An argumentative paper has to argue for or against something, defend a position, confront the reader with something you see as a problem, etc.
• Your essay will need to have a clearly written argumentative thesis that takes a stand on. That thesis is the answer to a question. You have to ask the question first. You ask the question because you’re not sure of the answer.
• One suggestion for beginning the question is “Is it true that….?”
• For example, Prensky’s question might have been:
“Is it true that American colleges should stop using paper textbooks?”
• Another good suggestion is to begin your question with “Should…?” as in “Should American colleges stop using paper textbooks?” This kind of question forces an answer that is an opinion (an argument) – in this case, that yes, they should; or no, they should not. The paper would then go on to defend the one chosen answer.