Sources of Information
Scope/Length: The entire paper should be approximately 8-10 paragraphs long--about 8 to 10 pages, double-spaced, using MLA format, with one inch margins.
You are also required to use quotations and paraphrases from other outside sources in order to support your argument. Your research paper should include a minimum of 8 sources on the Works Cited Page and 8 in-text citations in the paper.
This guide will help you with research for your English 120.
Specifically, our goals for today are to:
- Define a variety of search terms
- Find a valid research question
- Narrow your focus to something relevant and interesting
We want you to come away understanding that doing research can help you to:
- Find a specific research angle
- Discover more ideas on your topic
From Professor Kelly's instruction:
For the Research Paper, students will write a formal, persuasive, academic, argumentative research essay. This is NOT an informative research paper; rather, the paper should prove a point, define an argument; discuss the pros and cons of an issue and take a side based on evidence, research and reliable academic sources.
Students should use analysis and evidence to support their argument & for their research paper. Your paper should argue persuasively in support of your opinion. Your argument should consist of not only the claim you want to make but also the evidence, reasons and appeals that seem appropriate, given your audience and subject matter. You should consider objections or arguments your audience is likely to raise in opposition to what you say.
The following link provides numerous examples of persuasive essay prompts:
Feel free to use one of these topics or one of your own.
Some Potential Topics:
- Private prisons versus public prisons
- Paternity leave
- Spanking your children
- Zoos/animal exploitation
- Homework in Kindergarten (and/or other grades)
Obvious, over-debated topics such as the death penalty, abortion, assisted suicide, changing the drinking age and other such topics will not be permitted. The topic must be debatable and your argument based on research.
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