Research Paper Guidelines
Research Paper Instructions:
Select a research question.
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 eight (full) to ten pages in length.
· You must address an issue that has at least two sides (email me for topics if you’re 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. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
· You will need to incorporate 10 outside sources (Note: dictionary.com 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 like.
· 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.
· For this paper you must use at least 10 outside sources (Note: dictionary.com 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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