The Research Paper
English Composition 101
You will write an argumentative research paper on one of the topics below:
Science, Technology, Sexuality and Relationships ( divorce, marriage equality, etc.), The Media, Gender, Consumerism, The Economy, The Environment, Politics and Government, Religion, Immigration, and The Work Force
The research paper should conform to the following criteria:
• 6 – 8 typed pages
• Double Spaced
• one-inch margins
• 12 pt. font (Times New Roman preferred)
• 4 or more scholarly sources
• Argumentative thesis statement with three key points.
• Formal Outline with Roman Numerals
• MLA citations
• MLA pagination
• Works Cited Page
• Revised and edited first draft
• Final Copy
Step 1: Think of an issue that you would like to learn more about within the topic.
Step 2: Write a thesis statement with three key points that you will argue. Remember: The thesis must be argumentative and debatable. You must take a position on the topic rather than provide topical information.
Step 3: Use the library database to ascertain the amount of information you can gather for your topic before you commit to a topic.
Step 4: Accumulate information that will help you to prove your thesis.
Step 5: Prepare a prewriting outline. The outline should contain Roman Numerals and sub-topics.
Step 6: Use your formal outline and your research notes to write the first draft. Remember the following points:
a) Use 4 – 6 scholarly sources from the college library database.
b) Internet sources and Wikipedia sources are prohibited.
c) You may use .org and .gov sources.
d) Include a counterargument after the introductory paragraph, in which you bridge, concede, or refute.
e) Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence.
f) Use a transition...
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