You have already identified, researched, and written about a specific topic of importance and interest to you. The research paper allows you to apply the skills you have developed throughout the semester in the service in a unified, coherent argument. The research paper should be seen as an extension of the projects you have finished throughout the semester. One of things that matters in this paper is the demonstration of an ever-increasing nuance and understanding of the topic. That is, between the writing assignments, readings, and class work that we have done, you should be able to provide a sharper, cleaner, and stronger argumentsupported by a sizeable body of researchthan you would have been able to provide at the beginning of the course.
In your paper, you should make a convincing, logical argument that you support with appropriate evidence. This requires you to:
 Integrate at least eight (8) relevant and reliable sources (at least five must be academic sources) by analyzing their arguments and aligning or reasonably distancing yourself from that argument. Each source should be cited in the body of your paperat least once.
 Make a valid, logically consistent argument. That is, you will have a conclusion, several premises, and all of these will be put together in a manner thoroughly valid.
Eight to ten pages; 12-point, Times New Roman font; Double-spaced; 1 margins. Follow MLA format. Include in-text documentation and a complete works cited page, which acknowledges all sources used in your paper.
1)Conduct academic research drawing from multiple sources in multiple media.
2)Read texts in a variety of disciplines and genres, using critical reading strategies.
3)Defend a position in relation to the range of ideas surrounding a topic.
4)Construct a logically supported argument.
5)Demonstrate knowledge of writing as a process, including consideration of peer and instructor feedback, from initial draft to final revision.
6)Demonstrate sentence-level correctness.