multisourse research paper

Your final out-of-class paper will be a multi-source research paper of 7-10 pages in which you define a problem and take a position arguing for a specific response or responses that you see as mitigating or solving the problem.


The problem you write about may be related to one of the topic areas from our textbook, The  Writer’s Presence, and you are encouraged to use one of the essays in our book to help you begin defining the problem and as a jumping off point for your research.


The paper must be an argument, not a personal essay and not a report.  In it you should do the following:


  • Clearly define the problem and explain why it is a problem.


  • Propose a response to the problem that could plausibly solve or mitigate it.


  • Present a causal analysis of the problem that establishes the seriousness or stakes of the problem and leads logically to your proposed response.


  • Present a counter argument to your position and a refutation of the counter argument.


  • Use at least seven documented library sources.  You must use at least one of each of the following source types: book, scholarly journal, newspaper, magazine.  The periodicals may be print or electronic sources (from Shatford Library’s electronic database).  Wikipedia  may be used at the exploratory stage of research to get an overview of your subject, but it may not  be included among the sources cited in the paper.


  • Include in-text citations and a Works Cited page following MLA style.


Overdone topics, such as abortion, gun control, media violence, marijuana legalization, gay marriage, the death penalty, etc., are not acceptable as topics for this paper.


The paper must be typed, double-spaced, with 1″ margins on all sides and use Times New Roman 12 pt. typeface.


A successful paper will be well organized with an introduction, clear and logical paragraphing, and a conclusion.  It will contain a clearly stated thesis that you support with relevant, ample evidence.  It should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.


The final draft is due on TBD.  The research paper counts as 25% of your grade.
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