Choose a topic for which you can provide a fresh perspective. Choose a topic that interests you. Choose a topic that is researchable. Get started on this now. This essay should be 10 to 15 pages in length, double-spaced. Use 12-point Times New Roman Font. And use MLA style. The OWL at Purdue can help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ Sources For this paper you are required to use at least five scholarly sources. In addition, you must also cite at least two opposing viewpoints. I will not accept Wikipedia, About.com, or similar sites as sources. Your best bet is to use the library databases to gather information. You may refer to blogs or other Web sites and cite statistics and data from reliable sources, but these will be in addition to the five scholarly sources. To quote from A Writer’s Reference: “College research assignments ask you to pose a question worth exploring, to read widely in search of possible answers, to interpret what you read, to draw reasoned conclusions, and to support those conclusions with valid and well-documented evidence” (331). Coincidentally, I am asking you to do the exact same thing. There is some overlap between a research paper and an argument paper. The research paper requires more sources, but you will still be making an argument. You still need a thesis* statement. You still need to address possible objections. Provide counterarguments to the other side’s claims and concerns acknowledging them and making concessions or refuting them.