A Research Paper is NOT … A rearrangement or summary of information from different sources A report that could be included in a general encyclopedia A matter of cutting and pasting together from different resources A result of one quick Database or Google Scholar search.
Your Argument: Organic produce from local Farmers’ Markets is better than store-bought produce.
The Opposition: Organic produce is too expensive.
Tip: If in doubt, cite!
Evidence/Support can be found in many ways:
Ask yourself the following questions to determine a source’s level of credibility:
On‐line articles from our library’s subscription databases such as GaleNet, JSTOR and ProQuest.
Journal articles, books.
Don’t misrepresent a quote or leave out important information.
Misquote: “Crime rates were down by 2002,” according to Dr. Smith.
Actualquote: “Crime rates were down by 2002, but steadily began climbing again a year later,” said to Dr. Smith.
Mary Sherry, owner and founder of a research and publishing firm, finds that many writers who aim to publish their work are “inadequately suffering from grammar amnesia and are deluded by a desire to be famous” (515). By this, I think she means that many of the writers today have overlooked the importance of grammar and punctuation and simply want to be recognized. This supports my stance that many writing students today. . .
[Most youths who play violent video games do not behave violently.]
People who live in cities are unfriendly.
Californians are fad-crazy
Women are emotional
Men can’t express their feelings
[These are often considered stereoptypes]
A number of immigrants settle in a nearby city.
The city suffers an economic decline.
The immigrants’ arrival caused the decline.
[This is simply co-occurrence. There are most likely other reasons for the decline.]
[The second clause has nothing to do with the first.]
[Do the ex-president’s marital problems invalidate his political views?]
An unidentified spokesperson states…
[If these people and reports are so reliable, they should be clearly identified.]
[Are some of the library’s periodicals useless?]
“Driving while smoking a cigarette isn’t illegal, so driving while smoking marijuana shouldn’t be illegal.”
[By making this argument, you have overlooked a major difference between these two substances. Marijuana impairs perception and coordination—important aspects of driving—while there’s no evidence that nicotine does the same.]
[Productivity is not necessarily dependent on drug testing.]
[Tuition costs and speech codes are different subjects. What protections do students need that a speech code will provide?]
[Appeals to people’s pity. Should age and loneliness, rather than income, determine a person’s tax obligation.]