The “Argumentative Paper”
Here’s what to consider—carefully!
1. Avoid Pre-formed conclusions about your issue.
2. So, what to do?
3. So, what else to do?
This LibGuide embraces a number of helpful library databases, each with different strengths and weaknesses.
CQ Researcher and Issues and Controversies
The CQ Researcher and Issues and Controversies databases serve as an introduction to an issue. Essentially these two databases are the Walmart of databases for they provide the skeleton essence for the issues they cover in 15 page articles.
CQ Researcher and Issues and Controversies host only a select few articles related to your issue and the few articles are generally spread out by a number of years for you to witness the evolution in tackling the issue. Both these databases cover the Who, What, Where, When, How, Past, Present, Future, Pro/Con, Statistics and Quotes from Authorities in the Field and Political Figures. Both provide MLA citations for you to copy/paste.
EBSCO & JSTOR
Both EBSCO and JSTOR differ from CQ Researcher and Issues and Controversies in that hundreds, if not thousands of articles, will be retrieved by a search. As such, combinations of keywords using AND to link these keywords will assist in narrowing your search.
In addition, you may wish to further narrow your search by
An Advanced Search option is also available to assist you in narrowing your search results.
Most EBSCO and all JSTOR articles are available in PDF format. PDF allows you to cite the exact page for your quotes, statistics, and other data you used from the source material.
Finally, just select your topic and begin to research it in the various databases:
All these databases can be found through the library catalog or the Library Databases and Journals page.
Here are 12 Research Paper subjects below.
NOTE: You can argue FOR or AGAINST either side of the issue; make sure you adjust the key word[s] accordingly ...
1. A Single Payer Health System is or is not the best alternative for the United States. [Key words--"best alternative"]
3. Term Limits for all Senators and Congressmen will or will not insure "real" democracy. [Key Word--"insure"]
3. Drone Strikes are immoral actions. [Key Word--"immoral"]
4. Alternative Health Care should be or should not be a vital part of mainstream medicine. [Key Words--"vital part"]
5. If you study past history, you are studying future history. Key Words--["past & future"]
6. A College Education is or is not necessary for Happiness. [Key word--"necessary"]
7. A Mission to Mars is or is not a waste of Money. [Key word--"waste"]
8. Nature must be preserved if we, as a species, expect to survive. [Key word-- "preserved"]
9. The Internet will or will not create a better world. [Key word--"Better"]
10. Overpopulation does or does not threaten the world's resources. [Key word--"threaten"]
11. The Harlem Renaissance added important cultural diversity to America [Key words--"important cultural diversity"]
12. The Mayan Civilization was less or more advanced than the Egyptian Civilization. [Key words--"less or more advanced"—pick one]
USE the ESSAY OR RESEARCH PAPER "OUTLINE" FORM located on your Home Page to help write your paper
English 102: Research Paper Assignment
TYPE OF PAPER: AN ARGUMENT PAPER
Elements of an Argument paper are:
1. Facts, which represent about 75% of the argument
2. Persuasive appeals, which represent no more than 25% of the argument
Primary “Modes of Paragraph Development” (ways to illustrate, explain, prove, or argue):
c. Narration [stories]
e. Comparison and Contrast
f. Facts, Statistics, Authority [experts] testimony
g. Persuasive appeals--“emotional-appealing” language
h. Also, discuss OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS for balanced arguments