Your assignment is to write a research paper on a topic of your choosing. Select a topic that is of great interest to you, perhaps a current or controversial issue.
Keep in mind that a research paper is similar to writing a regular essay. In the research paper, you will be required to present in writing:
The main difference between a research paper and a regular essay is that students are required to gather their own resources.
The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner. For more tips on writing an argumentative research paper, see the OWL at Purdue