LNG 173

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LNG 173
Research Project
Format: Argumentative Essay based on research.
Length: Minimum of 2500 words not including title or references
Audience: General, educated audience
Sources: Minimum of ten cited sources (databases)
Value: 25% of the course grade
Important Dates: will be announced on Moodle and in class
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that you know how to find sources for a research‐based essay, thenconstruct a persuasive argument that uses material from those sources for support. The thesis will be the overall judgment you make of this issue, its causes, and potential outcomes. The thesis must be able to be supported and appropriate to the task.

  1. A proposal for research, which includes a topic, what you want to learn (which is different than what you want to find)

For the purposes of this assignment, you must find useful material from journals, other periodicals, and specialized web sites (use your library databases). You must cite sources from each of the following categories:

  1. Articles published in scholarly journals. This means essays or articles you find in a journal devoted specifically to science or a related field.


  1. Articles published in substantial periodicals (Economist)


  1. Web sites

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Content:

– Includes attention grabber, background information, and an explicit and strong argument (thesis statement) in the introduction which will guide the reader through the evidence.
– Includes a thorough discussion of the evidence for the argument.
– Includes some discussion of the counterargument
– Includes a conclusion which focuses on the why the argument should be made (the implications).
– Includes a unique title which clearly indicates what the essay is about.
– Meets minimum length of 2500 words not including title and reference information.

  • Format:

– The essay is typed, double-spaced,12 point font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins all around
The paper is formatted, cited and documented in APA Style (in-text citation, reference list)
– Abstract (Abstracts must be short, one paragraph (APA Manual: 150 words)

  1. Your paper should meet all specified requirements, such as topic, organization, and length, and reflects your awareness of audience and purpose.
  2. The paper presents a central idea supported by relevant material (facts, figures, examples, quotations, or other details). It has a focus. The writer has unified the entire essay in support of the central idea, or thesis.
  3. The writer promotes coherence through the logical order of paragraphs and the use of some or all of the following devices: thesis statement, topic sentences, opening and closing paragraphs, and transitions.
  4. The arguments are supported with adequate evidence; and the paper makes appropriate use of specific, concrete, and relevant information. Other points of view (counterarguments) are acknowledged and responded to as appropriate.
  5. Sources of information are accurately presented and fully attributed.

Suggested Topics:

  • Genetic engineering: should genetic engineering to determine physical attributes be practiced? Gender, behavior, height, weight etc.
  • Energy drinks: should energy drinks be sold under stricter regulations? Heath warnings, specific labels, under the supervision of a pharmacist etc.


  • Technology

Does Technology Make Us More Alone?
Are You Distracted by Technology?
Do Apps Help You or Just Waste Your Time?
Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smartphones Playing ‘Stupid Games’?
Will Wearable Technology Ever Really Catch On?
Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful to Be Meaningful?
Do You Worry We Are Filming Too Much?
Would You Want a Pair of Google’s Computer Glasses?
What Role Will Robots Play in Our Future?
How Many Text Messages Are Too Many?

  • Internet and Social Media

Has Facebook Lost Its Edge?
Does Facebook Ever Make You Feel Bad?
Would You Consider Deleting Your Facebook Account?
Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired?
Should People Be Allowed to Obscure Their Identities Online?

  • Technology in Schools

Are the Web Filters at Your School Too Restrictive?
Do Your Teachers Use Technology Well?
Should Tablet Computers Become the Primary Way Students Learn in Class?
Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools?
Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction?
Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face Learning?

  • Sportsmanship

Do Sports Teams Have a Responsibility to Hold Players to a Standard for Their Personal Conduct?
Should Athletes Who Dope Have to Forfeit Their Titles and Medals?
Do Fans Put Too Much Pressure on Their Favorite Professional Athletes?
Should Colleges Fund Wellness Programs Instead of Sports?
Where Should Colleges and Sports Teams Draw the Line in Selling Naming Rights?
Is animal testing necessary?
Should consumers buy items from countries that endorse child labor?
Do patients have a right to die via physician-assisted suicide?
Should children’s beauty pageants be banned?
Should schools and businesses give more incentives for people to do volunteer work?
Does freedom of speech give people the right to use hate speech?

  1. Gun Control laws/ ownership
  2. Technological advances in education
  3. Virtual world addiction
  4. Internet privacy
  5. Censorship
  6. Nuclear Energy
  7. Prisons: Punishment or Rehabilitation?
  8. Social media and Employment
  9. Sustainability/ Sustainable Development

[1]*Adapted from http://ola3.aacc.edu/jgrabin/cstandard.htm

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