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ENG 111-Research paper
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ENG 111 Research Paper Guidelines Writing is about communication, so pick a topic that you want to discuss, and then discuss it with readers. Show readers why this issue is important; show readers which position you support; show readers why you believe what you do. Explore your topic and find facts (or educated opinions) that support your stance. Remember, this is your paper and your moment to discuss your perspective on an issue. The research paper is the most critically graded assignment you will submit for this course, so be more critical of your work. This includes a thorough proofreading before its submission. Remember, for a research essay you gather, inspect, digest, interpret, and present the information. A research paper is not merely a list of facts, quotes, and theories; it is a forum for discovery. As the author of your own paper, you want to support your own voice with sources, rather than use your voice to support the sources. That is often more difficult than it appears. The first step is to limit quotes and attempt to explain the research in your own terms through paraphrasing and analysis. Remember, use insightful research—do not simply force research into a paragraph to meet the paper requirements. As for quotes, follow the guidelines discussed in the course, including the restriction of quotes to information not easily (or effectively) paraphrased. Your discussion should include a clear, argumentative thesis statement placed at the end of the introductory paragraph, and clear topic sentences for the paragraphs that follow. Remember, a thesis statement is the controlling idea of the entire paper; a topic sentence is the controlling idea of individual paragraphs. Requirements: o 4-6 pages o Single argumentative topic o Clear position and thesis o At least three points of discussion/argument to support the thesis o Topic sentences for each body paragraph o Relevant and logical supporting details o Transitions within paragraphs, as well as between paragraphs o At least 4 credible sources used equally (within reason)—no Wikipedia or essay sites. The FTCC databases provide credible, academic sources. Websites such as gov and edu are vetted (and reliable) compared to .org, .com, and .net. While Buzzfeed and Huff Report are easy reading, neither reflects legitimate sources, so avoid them. The best choices for sources will come from FTCC databases. o Limited quotes, especially use of extended quotes—also, use signal phrases with quotes, as a quote should never stand alone as its own sentence o Conventional margins, fonts, spacing o MLA documentation—including parenthetical citations and a formatted works cited page Submissions will be submitted and stored in a plagiarism database. Since you will use research sources for this discussion, include parenthetical citations and a works cited page. Do not use URLs in parenthetical citations (e.g.,, and avoid the use of URLs in the text as well (e.g., According to Conventional margins are one inch (top, bottom, and sides), conventional font is Times New Roman 12, and conventional spacing is double-spaced (including the works cited page). MLA reminders: o Use a heading on page one only o Include a running header of last name and page number in the upper-right corner of the paper o Center the title of the research essay, but return to the left margin for body text o Indent the opening line of each paragraph o Avoid use of contractions o Do not use first or second person o Write in present tense (e.g. Doe says, not Doe said) o Use standard academic English—no cursing or casual conversation (e.g. It’s nuts how much waste we have per day) These sites can help clarify, if needed: Purdue OWL: MLA Style Guide Microsoft: Inserting Headers Useful tips Remember, a thesis statement controls the direction of your overall paper; a topic sentence controls the direction of an individual paragraph. Typically, your main points of argument are your topic sentences. There are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana [working thesis]. This thesis tells me your entire paper will support the legalization of marijuana. One benefit of legal marijuana is its medicinal use [topic sentence] This topic sentence tells me this particular paragraph will focus on the medicinal benefits of marijuana. Generally, you’ll want to give each main point its own paragraph. However, you may want to avoid the simplistic 5-paragraph essay by considering subdivisions within main points, based on the depth of conversation. When you establish your point (e.g. One benefit of legal marijuana is its medicinal use), support it with relevant, supporting details, such as statistics, illustrative examples, etc. (e.g. Studies show, marijuana helps reduce pain and nausea in cancer patients). Also note, avoiding counterarguments can undermine a writer’s credibility, so be sure to include common opposing arguments to your stance, as well as a rebuttal to these counterarguments. A tried and true outline that works for an argumentative research paper is as follows: I. Introduction a. Attention grabber b. Establishment of the context c. Thesis statement that contains a claim and clear arguments II. A background paragraph that explains the necessary history, definitions, etc. to bring a reader up to speed on the issue. One paragraph only III. Argument one – open strong a. Evidence from credible, academic sources b. Analysis of evidence IV. Second argument – perhaps not as strong as the first one, but solid one nonetheless a. Evidence b. Analysis V. A counterargument paragraph that provides the arguments against what is being claimed/argued in this paper. One solid paragraph is all that is needed VI. Final argument – the strongest and the best and the one that will convince readers to take your argument seriously. This argument will be the one you have the best and strongest evidence and analysis VII. A well-written conclusion that does the following  briefly summarizes the key points (not restate them), offer a prediction to what the future looks like if the argument is not consider or a call to action. This outline reflects a paper with a three-part thesis. Your thesis may be two parts or four parts. Remember also that an argument does not have to be contained to one paragraph. Depending on the depth of the argument, it is possible to have an argument spill over to a second paragraph

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