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ENG 111: College Composition I (Young, Laura LO)

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Argumentative Research Assignment

Prompt: Students will be researching a topic of choice based on the following list and creating an argument essay as the result of their research. 

  • Wage gap discrepancy OR pay equity
  • Food Insecurity OR food security 
  • Global warming/Climate Change
  • Gender choice/rights OR gender identity
  • Bitcoin regulation
  • Internet regulation OR law and legislation
  • Cyber security 
  • Cyber crime
  • Social discrimination OR discrimination
  • America's deteriorating infrastructure (i.e. bridges, roadways, sewer systems) OR United States and infrastructure
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Genetic engineering
  • Self-driving cars
  • Health regulation/Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Education

For more information, please contact your professor.

Argumentative Research

What is an argumentative research paper? 

The argumentative research paper consists of an introduction in which the writer clearly introduces the topic and informs his audience exactly which stance he intends to take; this stance is often identified as the thesis statement. An important goal of the argumentative research paper is persuasion, which means the topic chosen should be debatable or controversial.

“Genre and the Research Paper.” Purdue OWL, Purdue University, Mar. 2011, Accessed 7 Nov. 2017.

How to...Identify Scholarly Information

There are many sources of information -- websites, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, friends -- and which sources you use depends on your needs.

For your college research needs, your sources need to be credible; meaning reliable/authoritative, accurate, trustworthy, unbiased and backed up with evidence.  

For more information on how to evaluate a source for credibility, please consult our How to...Identify Scholarly Information Research Guide.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

"Evaluating Sources for Credibility." YouTube, uploaded by libncsu NC State University Libraries, 9 June 2015,