In an argumentative essay, the writer takes a stand, or position, on a topic that can be debated. In other words, a topic that is a "hot issue" that people often disagree over. In this essay you will:
- Present a thesis that demonstrates a specific position about the topic you've chosen.
- Through the essay, you will present evidence supporting the thesis and your stance on the issue.
- Be sure to address the perspectives of other viewpoints that don't necessarily agree with your stance.
- Include the historical context of the issue
- Provide an overview of the various debates and people involved or affected
- use 4-6 credible sources of at least 2 different formats (books, articles, websites, etc.)
This library research guide will help you:
- find books and articles
- use the most helpful databases for the topics of these essays
- find good sources for your paper
- cite your sources in MLA format
- Laurie Shuster - LShuster@pierce.ctc.edu