INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT: Argumentative-Persuasive Paper
The ENGL Individual Research Project is an argumentative-persuasive writing project that you will work on throughout a large part of the course. The goal of the Argumentative-Persuasive Paper is for you to demonstrate your ability to take a position on an issue and persuade the reader of that position, supporting your claim with evidence from researched sources.
Before choosing an issue, you will first want to consider a range of topics or issues that interest you. Select a topic that you find interesting enough to research thoroughly.
After deciding on an appropriate topic, you will need to formulate a research question that will direct and focus your research. During the course of your research, you may need to modify or fine tune that research question.
As you conduct research by locating relevant and reliable sources that relate to the topic, you will eventually take a clear stance, or position on the topic. This will lead to your argument / claim which needs to be clearly stated as your Thesis Statement in the academic paper.
This paper will be completed in conjunction with an individual presentation of the issue chosen. Some of this work will be done during class and some will be expected to be done outside of the class. You MUST keep a record of all your work and materials and we suggest you save a copy of everything on your computer as well as on a USB flashdrive or backed up in a cloud storage application.
- Recommended paper length: approx. 1500 words (+/- 10%) not including the list of references.
- The paper must include a minimum of 6 sources to adequately reflect ‘Research’ of the topic
- 4 of the sources must be academic based articles – retrieved
- Non-academic sources should be of high quality, reliable and current.
- The paper should use a combination of paraphrase / summary and short quotation of the sources. Longer, block quotations should be avoided.
Your paper MUST be typed using the following:
- 5 line spacing
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Left-aligned only
- 1inch margins on all sides (i.e. = normal margins)
- Save your writing in MS Word; do not convert it to PDF or any other format.
You must complete and include the cover page on page 1 above.
Documenting Source Information
The documentation of researched sources (In-text Citations & end-of-paper References) must follow the IEEE style guideline format.
You must submit with your assignment scanned copies of all your sources with the information you have used as evidence clearly highlighted.
Highlight ONLY information you have used, and scan all of your sources as ONE document.
Write your essay starting on p.4 below.
Give your work a title and add these headings:
- Main body (changed to something more communicative)
Before submitting draft 2, you are required to obtain and submit a plagiarism report for Draft 1. You will shortly receive instructions by email.
Final Research Paper Structure
Title of your paper
Introduction (approx. 300 words; 2 paragraphs recommended)
Description of problem; focus of this paper; definition / explanation of key terms used; thesis statement; historical overview; current context and situation; gaps in the literature.
Main body (change title to something more communicative) (approx. 1000 words, minimum 5 paragraphs with 3 claims and 2 refuted opposing points)
For each paragraph:
- Start by stating it (topic sentence);
- Write supporting evidence / details / explanation / information (quote and / or paraphrase) / examples;
- Analyze your evidence and its relevance to your major idea;
- Lead out with a concluding sentence that restates the main idea and prepares the reader to move to the next major idea or section.
Conclusion (approx. 200 words; 1 paragraph recommended)
Restatement of thesis summarizing key supporting information and your position; description of recommended next steps.
References (not included in word count)
List of all references you have referred to in your outline in IEEE. You should refer to 6 sources as a minimum.
***Use only the 4 headings given above (Introduction; Your own main body heading; Conclusion; References). Do not use any subheadings ***