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||The Researched Argumentative or Persuasive Essay
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You will improve your chances of success on the assignment if you choose a topic that interests you.
A successful research topic usually meets the following criteria:
Conversely, the following topics are likely not to work well for writers:
- Topics that can't be researched adequately (vague philosophical musings about the meaning of life, questions that ultimately lead back to the writer's personal tastes rather than to a shared body of information, and questions that are ultimately trivial in an academic context);
- Topics about which the writer has such strong personal convictions that s/he can't imagine or accept the validity of views that differ from his/hers;
- Topics that lead to binary questions and answers (yes or no; good or bad; right or wrong; should or shouldn't), because a good research topic is susceptible to a variety of perspectives and answers;
- Broad social issues that can't be addressed adequately in the space of three to five pages. Many books have been written about abortion, euthanasia, gun control, affirmative action, animal rights, and similar topics. Unless you have extensive experience that qualifies you to speak knowledgeably and persuasively in an already-crowded conversation, shy away from such topics. If you're having trouble finding a topic, don't retreat to broad social issues as a default move; instead, do more work on discovering a productive topic. Also, check out the handout linked below.
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