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Exploratory Paper in which you examine a number of perspectives, opinions, and arguments surrounding an issue. Rather than promoting your own argument, as you will do in later essays, the Exploratory Paper will, as the name implies, allows you to “explore” an issue. The issue under consideration is chosen by you, the writer. Choose a topic that interests you, or that is related to your major. You cannot use the following topics: violence and the media, juvenile crime, drug rehabilitation, the death penalty, or advertising.
First, you must find an issue. The criteria for an “arguable issue” are broad, but generally, such an issue should invite debate and have at least two sides.
Second, do some research on the issue. I expect you to cite at least two sources, such as newspaper, magazine, or journal articles. You will most likely need more than two. The aim of this research is to familiarize yourself with the important points of debate, and the argumentative positions on the issue. Cite any sources using MLA format and include a Works Cited page. You can find useful databases like EBSCOHost from the Solano College Library Homepage. Please do not include web pages as the two sources
Third, synthesize your research. Your goal is to write a paper of about four pages, typed and double-spaced, that summarizes the main points of debate for your reader. A good rule to follow (but be flexible) is to devote one paragraph to each major position, or sub-position, on an issue. Proposed solutions to a problem, if applicable, should also be included for the reader. The reader should finish with your paper and say “Ah, now I understand this issue and I am ready to make an informed opinion on it.” Try to anticipate and answer any potential questions a reader unfamiliar with the issue might have. An Exploratory Paper is the first step to developing an argument on a key issue.
Remember that this paper is not an opinion paper. You are not asserting your own position on a subject, or assessing the arguments of others. You are simply an objective reporter and writer.
This paper will be the culmination of all your work in the class, so please show your best work. You are getting this assignment in advance, so please plan ahead to allow time for research and revision.
The research essay is your chance to make a strong, complete, and convincing argument on an issue of your choosing. be aware of the types of claims you are making and the types of proof that will support your claims.
The research paper will cite at least five outside sources, and will be between 7 and 8 pages. Papers without a proper Works Cited will not be accepted. Web Pages are acceptable sources, but they will not count towards the five required sources.
Exploratory Paper in which you examine a number of perspectives, opinions, and arguments surrounding an issue. Rather than promoting your own argument, as you will do in later essays, the Exploratory Paper will, as the name implies, allows you to “explore” an issue. The issue under consideration is chosen by you, the writer. Choose a topic that interests you, or that is related to your major.