ENG102 Cultural Diversity Stress on Immigrants Persuasive Research Essay

  • must include a title, introduction and body paragraphs.
  • must cite at least 2 sources, one of them a quote, correctly integrated and cited
  • remember that your full draft will need to draw on both your secondary sources (scholarly and other research) and primary sources (field study) to support your argument, and will include a conclusion that answers the question you set out to explore
  • must include a Works Cited or Reference page, though it may not be complete
  • partial paper must be at least 3 pages, not including Works Cited or References page

Having now spent a lot of time focusing your research question, gathering secondary research materials, conducting original research and collecting data, you are in a position to make an argument about your topic. For this project, you will make an interpretive claim using all the kinds of research you’ve done (primary and secondary). Making an interpretive claim includes several things: making an argument(identified in your thesis statement) and supporting your argument with both primary and secondary data, attributed appropriately.

The successful paper will draw on secondary research, including several scholarly sources, as well as your primary research (field study) to support your argument. Your thesis (the point you’re arguing) should be a claim based on your semester-long investigation of your question. In your conclusion, you should consider the larger significance of your investigations as well as questions remaining to be addressed and limitations of your project.

  • Your essay should be no less than 5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12, not counting your Works Cited or References page. There is no page limit—your paper should be as long as it needs to be to make the case for your thesis.
  • You should refer to scholarly sources (ideally 4 or more), diverse scholarly sources and your field study in making your argument.
  • YOU MUST include a Works Cited/References page listing all the sources actually cited in your essay, including interviews. Don’t forget to alphabetize your list.
  • Title your essay!
  • Use either MLA or APA style for paper format, in-text citations, and Works Cited/References. Quoted or cited material should be integrated effectively into your prose, following the recommendations covered in class (no “floating quotes”!).
  • While you are using all kinds of outside information in this project, you should keep in mind that this essay is NOT A REPORT. This essay will have something to say that is meaningful to you and to others, something YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE about your topic. To that end, each paragraph should make a point that’s part of the case you’re building for your thesis rather than just provide background information. The basic structure of each paragraph and the essay as a whole should be: claim backed up by evidence (evidence being either specifics from your secondary sources, authoritative statements from credible sources, or specifics/quotes from your field study).
  • Be careful that quotes make up no more than 10% of your paper—all key ideas need to be stated in your own words, even if you use a quote from an authority as evidence. Don’t string quotes together—your own argument that should be at the forefront of your paper.
  • Remember that your audience is neither your instructor nor a classmate—your audience is an anonymous reader who does not know the specifics of your project, a reader who was part of the panel that might have funded your project or a reader who might consider your paper for publication/presentation in an undergraduate magazine or conference.