Purpose of Researched Supported Argument:
− To research and submit preliminary information about an important
controversial issue the student knows little about before articulating
the position he or she will support in his or her library research
project. (Annotated Bibliography A)
− To research, become
familiar with a substantial body of information about that issue, and
submit an annotated bibliography of at least EIGHT scholarly sources to
be used in the research project (including Annotated Bibliographies B –
– To explore both supporting and opposing views by
researching (finding, reading, and understanding) secondary sources that
discuss the issue.
– To develop one’s own views based on understanding of the views of others.
organize an effective argument in support of that position.
– To interview at least one recognized authority as a source.
(Annotated Bibliography E)
with examples. “Examples and details are needed to convince others that
your opinion- in this or any matter- is valid.”
“To be taken seriously and convince others that your point is well founded, you must provide
specific supporting examples.”
final paper should “be developed through illustration. Facts, details,
anecdotes, statistics, expert opinion, and personal observations are at
the heart of effective writing, giving your work substance and
solidity.” The 40-40-20 rule applies to this assignment.
position paper will be returned unread and with a grade of no more than
50 pts unless you adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Submit a
position paper of approximately 4000 words (8-12 typed, double-spaced
pages following APA guidelines, not including cover page, abstract, or
reference pages). Include the following parts in order following APA (6th ed.) guidelines or as required by instructor:
Title page (page 1)
Abstract page (page 2)
Body of paper (8-12 pp) (page 3 ff); include correct in-text citations
following APA guidelines; Plagiarism is a violation of academic
Reference page following APA guidelines (page 11 at the earliest).
Copy of all sources and evaluation sheet of each source stapled to its
source and in alphabetical order according to Reference page.
2. Copy of all sources:
Your paper must include documented references to at least EIGHT
SCHOLARLY sources. You must have more scholarly sources than general
knowledge sources. A Googled (Internet only) paper is not a scholarly
paper and does not meet academic requirements for this course.
Include a source evaluation form for each source used.
Note: Encyclopedia articles and dictionaries are NOT acceptable as
scholarly sources. They contain mostly general knowledge. They may be
used, but may not be counted as part of the eight minimum sources for
the finished paper.
Documentation Form: References and documentation must be correct according to the latest APA guidelines before your paper will be read.
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