Final Research Paper

A final project that asks you to argue for certain position using reliable and relevant sources due Monday, April 25 at 11:59pm via Blackboard

You have selected a topic, and you have identified a research question that will lead to an arguable claim (in other words, reasonable people could reasonably disagree with that claim), and clearly explain and contextualize “both sides” of the issue. Your final step will be to answer your research question with a clear thesis—a claim plus reason(s). This project is the next step towards advancing a well-reasoned and fleshed out answer to your research question.

For this draft, your audience (aside from those you claim in your proposal) is me (your instructor) and classmates.

This essay will

Briefly but fully explain and contextualize your topic in the introduction.

Make sure the exigency (how is it relevant in this day) of this topic is explained.

Clearly state your research “question” and position in the thesis.

Provide background information about the topic and a brief history of the topic.

Fully explore multiple sides of the topic (not just your argument). Identify who the issue affects and what
groups or individuals have stakes within the context of your topic.

Clearly and impartially explain the main arguments used by participants on each side of the controversy.

Make sure to explain each side’s position, arguments, and evidence impartially, and try to give each side roughly the same amount of space in your paper.

Finish with a conclusion that does more than restate the thesis. Consider the following for guidance:

Feel free to explore connections that are relevant to your thesis but you haven’t touched upon.

Discuss broader implications of your argument

Offer suggestions to your audience on how to continue discussing the issue.

Discuss the significance of your findings from viewpoints that have not been touched upon so far.

Unlike a thesis-driven paper, a research paper doesn’t provide you with a ready-made outline to follow. You need to provide that structure for yourself; be sure each main point you make is clearly stated in its topic sentence and then developed in that paragraph, and, be sure the paragraphs are in a logical order. It helps to make a reverse outline after drafting: copy each of your topic sentence into a separate document, in the order they appear in the draft. Taken together, those topic sentences should clearly summarize your main points for the reader (like an abstract). If they don’t, consider revisiting your paper and revising.

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