1. The broad topic of this paper is Writing in the 21st Century. In order to write a successful argument about this topic, you will need to narrow it down a great deal (for an example, review the packet from Kate Turabian’s Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers). As you narrow the topic, you may find it helpful to steer it toward your own interests.
2. Conduct research using the library’s various resources. You will need to use four credible sources to sufficiently complete this paper, only one of which may be a website.
3. As you complete your initial research, ask yourself questions like “Do I agree with the claim this source is making?” “What parts of this source’s claim do I support?” “How has the situation changed since this source was written?” etc. As you ask and answer these questions, you will begin to realize what your argument (claim) is.
4. Once you know what your claim will be, create a thesis statement that is 1) arguable, and 2) adequately and accurately expresses your claim.
5. Use your sources in the body of the paper to support your thesis statement.
6. Cite your sources parenthetically and in a works cited page according to the rules of MLA.
7. As you write your paper, remember what you have learned so far in class: essay and paragraph organization, process analysis, comparison/contrast, grammar, and so on. These areas will all be included in the “assignment completion” portion of the paper grade.
8. Type your paper in 12 point Times New Roman font, in MLA style.