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English 1101 - Carla Patterson - Argumentative Essay: Assignment

Research Project




This essay will serve as in introduction to research and MLA formatting as you will locate and cite sources of information to support your arguments. Your essay must employ at least TWO SECONDARY SOURCES, as well as parenthetical citations and a "Works Cited" page in proper MLA format – all of which are covered in Harbrace chapters 37 to 40, and about which we will discuss in class. Any electronic source must come from GIL or GALILEO, and information on GALILEO citations is located at the online handout at .


If you plan to refer to your own personal experience as a part of your argument, then it is proper to use first person (I, we).  If you do not plan to use any personal experience, then it is more effective to write in third person (he, she, it) and avoid any direct references to yourself.


As always, if you have questions about this process beyond our class discussions, contact me or the Tutorial Center.



Choose your topic from one of the following:


- Why has a methamphetamine “epidemic” developed in the U.S.?


- Why do some college students violate academic integrity policies by “cheating” on exams/assignments in various ways or plagiarizing, and how should colleges deal with such violations?


- What aspects of society make life easier for American teenagers today than it was fifty years ago, and/or what aspects of society make life harder for teenagers today than it was fifty years ago? You must focus your analysis on only one or two major issues for a paper of this length.

- Should cell phone use while driving be illegal? Why, or why not?



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