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ENC1102 - Topic Guide - BC Online

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  • This guide helps you in researching for the BC Online ENC1102, Essay 3, Argumentative Research Paper.
  • It connects you to a variety of sources on particular topics specific to the research paper.
  • Please let me know if you do not see your topic on this guide.

Argumentative Paper

Write a research paper that tries to convince the reader of a position. In other words, to repeat, your paper should not just inform your reader about a topic, but instead it must convince your reader of something. Think of an argumentative paper as writing FOR or AGAINST something.

You may choose your own topic, but to promote writing across the curriculum, choose from the following:

•       a topic that is directly related to your major/field of study or a job you currently hold or want to hold. For example, a student interested in business may choose to write an argumentative paper about the Affordable Care Act and small businesses. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. An art student, for instance, may not be sure at first what argumentative topic to tackle, but perhaps he or she could write an argument about the use of sex in advertisement, etc. Ultimately, choose a topic that will be of real interest of you. Consider perhaps a problem you face at your current job or areas of disagreement in your professions of interest.

•       a topic that relates to an issue related to school. Consider your past school experiences as well as your current one. Think of a problem or issue you faced then or are facing now, a policy with which you disagree, etc.