The
Research Paper

Your
assignment is to create an argumentative/persuasive research paper given one of
the following options:

Option 1. Argue
for or against an established theory.

Option 2. Argue
for or against your own theory.

Option 3. Argue
for or against a business decision, organizational plan, business philosophy,
policy decision, or concept related to the class.

The
paper should cite approximately eight peer reviewed full text journal articles
retrieved from ProQuest, BE & T, InfoTrac, and Academic OneFile. Your paper
should integrate at least the following elements:

o
The
presentation of a firm position regarding your stance or theory.

o
An
offering of a strong position using evidence-based argumentation.

o
An
address of opposing points as to present a well-rounded argument controlling
personal biases and strengthening your argument while diminishing the
opposition’s points.

o
An
effort to use evidence and argument flow as to instill a sense of trust into
your reader.

Do
you feel stuck while planning your argument? If so, then try jumpstarting the
assignment by using the following steps:

1.
Choose
a stance you believe in and write down why you believe in the stance.

o
Ask
yourself the following questions:

o
Who
is my audience and which points will they be interested in?

o
What
kind of tone am I assuming for my argument?

o
Does
my tone match the audience? (If not, consider changing your tone.)

o
Am
I engaging in a fallacy or illogical stance? (Make sure you make sense or no
one will believe you!)

o
Would
someone agree or disagree with me given my points? (Argue with yourself as to
find the strengths and weaknesses of your stance.)

o
Am
I making a moral or cultural argument? (If so, you may need to reconsider a
stance able to utilize scholarly literature.)

o
Can
I research my stance? (If not, you may need to consider a new stance.)

2.
Research
as to find the evidence needed to support your stance or theory. Seek the
needed facts, quotes, and existing research you can use for your argument.

3.
Outline
and write the essay starting with the evidence-supported defense of your points
and slowly transition into an address of opposing points.

4.
Provide
a brief summary of the argument as to conclude the essay.

Paper Requirements:

The
analysis requires the additional components:

·
One
nameless/anonymous or web reference.

·
Two
APA formatted short quotes used to support the paper.

·
One
APA formatted figure that you created that helps support your argument and
research findings.

·
APA
formatted paper including:

§ Font: Times New Roman,
12 point, and double spaced.

§ Margins: One inch
margins, all around.

§ Indents: One-half inch
indent as to begin a paragraph.

§ Proper APA citations
and references.

§ Proper use of Level 1
headings as to label the introduction, main body, and conclusions segments.

§ Proper use of Level 2
headings as to label the sections within the main body and conclusions.

§ A proper title page.

§ A reference page
utilizing hanging indents and alphabetized by the last name of the first
author.

·
Free
of spelling errors and minimal use of passive voice.

Additional source:

Writing
from Sources, Eighth Edition by Brenda Spatt