Research Paper Introduction: I am looking forward to our final paper assignment: a research paper. Over the next few weeks, we will learn and practice skills to help you present information from sources carefully and ethically so that your readers will be able to learn more about your topic. This paper will build on your past papers. You may use the same sources if they are credible and relevant to your research topic. Purpose of Paper: This paper will be a research essay. You will write to present and explain information on your topic/problem or to argue your position. “Explaining” and “arguing” are essential elements of strong college thinking and writing: when you explain, you answer questions about a topic so that others can understand it in more depth; when you argue, you present evidence to support your perspective on a topic and you acknowledge views that may be different from yours. Topic: For this research assignment, you will pose a final research question on the topic/problem you have been working with all quarter. In your paper, you will offer information from credible and relevant sources to help you answer the question. Your goal is to learn from good sources, and then help a college-level audience understand your topic in more depth. You may use the sources you’ve been gathering throughout the quarter or you may find new ones. Sources: This paper should information from at least six credible and relevant sources, and you will carefully cite all information from sources with strong in-text citations and an effective list of sources at the end of your paper. A strong paper will include the following elements: • A clear thesis at the end of your introduction that offers the umbrella over the whole essay: it should offer the overall main focus of your paper. Often, a strong thesis statement is a focused answer to a strong and focused research question, • Sharply-focused and well-developed support paragraphs that offer 1) clear topic sentences in your own words stating the main idea of the paragraph, 2) information from two or more sources cited carefully, and 3) your own discussion of the source information in your own words, • An interesting introduction that draws a reader into your paper, introduces the topic, offers interesting and helpful background information, and presents a clear thesis statement, • A satisfying conclusion that reminds readers of your important ideas and helps a reader understand why the ideas in your paper are significant for a broader audience. • Third-person point of view in the body of the paper. However, the “I” or for “first person” point of view, might be powerful in your introduction and/or conclusion or if your paper includes relevant and powerful information from your own experience. Please use first-person point of view carefully and intelligently, to enrich your essay. You choose. • MLA formatting. • MLA documentation of your sources, both for in-text citations and the Works Cited page at the end of your paper. • The final draft should include clear and direct sentences, strong vocabulary, no empty words and very few errors. It should show that you have carefully proofread and edited. The paper needs to be at least 2,000 words and not more than 2,500 words, double spaced, with effective MLA formatting. Audience: Your audience is a general but intelligent academic audience who is well-read and interested in this topic but may not be familiar with the specific issues. Your audience will have clear expectations about academic writing, research and sources but will need thorough explanations of information. • Final draft that shows substantial changes and improvement from the rough draft. The final draft should be polished: You should offer strong vocabulary, clear sentences with few errors. It should demonstrate that you have used the assignment sheet, rubric and checklist so that the paper meets the important assignment expectations and is your best work. I need at least 7 credible sources. No plagiarism .