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English Research Guide

Develop a research plan

ASK QUESTIONS TO DEFINE YOUR TOPIC Or    A 'concept map' may be helpful: 

 Who?        What?       Where?       When?          

             Why?         How?          So What?

What is the definition?

What other words could be used to research this topic?

What are some causes ?

What are some results or consequences ?

What larger social or political issues are related to this topic?

research concept map showing a large circle reading 'what is required?' with smaller circles overlapping it with labels such as 'definition' and 'recent examples'[source https://classweb.gmu.edu/WAC/adjguide/academic_papers/identifying.html]

Writing a Persuasive Essay

This is a persuasive or argumentative essay. Think of it as a conversation with a classmate in which you're trying to get him or her to agree with your point of view. Providing evidence in support of your claim is essential to making a convincing argument. In addition, you can consider opposing arguments and address them in your paper.

Asking Questions to Develop Your Topic

Asking Research Questions - more than yes or no (2 min 40 secs)