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INI103: Writing Essays

Your Assignment

INI103 Argumentative Research Essay

The final paper for this course will be a research argumentative essay that asks you to select a topic and argue in favour of a certain position in relation to a particular issue. Following the guidelines from the Longman textbook and our in-class models, you will organize your ideas as three or four arguments that support your position against opposing arguments.


Research Requirements for this Assignment 

You will also select a minimum of 3 journalistic, popular, or scholarly sources that help you substantiate your assertions: 

  • newspapers, magazinesacademic journalsbooks, or essays in books
  • Look for resources that identify where they get their information
    • Scholarly publications (research articles in academic journals, books, or book chapters/essays) 
      • Look for in-text citations and bibliographies for the ideas and data in the article. 
    • Newspapers and magazines 
      • Look for articles that highlight where they got their information within the article (e.g., interviews, reports or documents, events) and investigate those sources (e.g., look up the experts, organizations, and documents that are included in the article). 
    • Still unsure? Ask a librarian or your instructor. 

What kind of information and research do you need?

Day of ...  Week of ... Week after ... Months after ... Year after & later
  • Social Media
  • TV News
  • Web-based News
  • Newspapers
  • Web-based News
  • Popular Magazines
  • Some Trade Magazines
  • Academic and scholarly journals
  • Some Trade Magazines
  • Books
  • Government Reports
  • Reference Collections 

Think about the different types of information these sources 

  • Immediate response
  • First person accounts
  • Commentary from experts, organizations, or general public
  • In-depth research (overview or very specific aspects)
  • Brief overview of a topic 
  • Images, Figures or Tables of Data

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