Paper #4 – Source-Based Argument Essay Your final formal writing assignment is a research essay on a topic of your choosing. Your idea must be approved before you begin. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins, using Times New Roman font (12 pt). It must be in MLA format, using in-text citations with a Works Cited Page. You must cite at least three scholarly sources. Your sources may be books, journal or newspaper articles, scientific studies, and internet resources. Limit yourself to no more than one webpage (though you may use as many peer-reviewed journals accessed online as you want), and make sure it is reliable. This means it must have 1) an identifiable expert as author, 2) an unbiased sponsor or publisher, 3) currency, and 4) credible sources. The most essential part of crafting a research paper is to devise a clear and relevant research question. Start with an issue and develop several questions you have about it. Once you have a good list of questions, pick the one (or two) that would be the most interesting to you. Answer your question to help direct your research, BUT don’t allow your preconceptions of the project to keep you from interesting information that might change your initial idea. Be flexible and treat your initial idea like a scientific hypothesis that needs evidence to be proven.
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