Your final paper will be a 5-6 page double-spaced research paper written in response to one or more of the class readings. This paper will be an argument. This means it will make an arguable claim on a debatable subject. The library guide for this class has readings in every undergraduate major that requires this class, so everyone in the class should be able to find a reading on a subject in their major. If you don’t know what your major will be or are pursuing general studies, you may choose whichever subject interests you. Your job in this paper is to find a research/argument niche. This means you will be responding to the conversation at hand. As we mentioned in the class, most paper will primarily be responding to one Primary Response Article. This is simply the article you feel you are responding to most directly, but you will likely position your paper in the broader conversation using other articles from the class readings or articles you find in your own research. All the assignments in this class have helped you prepare for the final assignment, so you should have a lot of the work completed already. Now it is time to assemble it all into a coherent whole. Citation Style You will cite your paper in the citation style preferred by the discipline in which you are writing. Include a works cited page in the same citation style. If you are using a rather obscure citation style (not MLA or APA) please let your instructor know which citation style you are using. Sources: Academic writing is a conversation. You final paper must use five credible sources that support your argument or add to the conversation around your main point. Two of your sources must be peer reviewed journals. Two of your sources must be sources not listed on the library guide that you found through your own research. Acceptable credible sources include: Books/ebooks Scholarly or Professional Journals Magazines Newspapers The paper should keep in mind all of the basic conventions of academic writing learned in ENG 100 and 101. The paper should be thoroughly edited and proofread. Final papers should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (doc or docx.), or as a .rft file. Do not submit as a .pdf, a Microsoft works file, or a Word Perfect file. If you think there may have been any sort of Blackboard error in submission of your paper, it is best to email your paper to your instructor as a backup so you will not be counted late. No Recycling! If you took English 100 here at National it may be tempting to just improve you ENG 100 paper and turn it in for ENG 240. This is against the rules. You are expected to write a wholly new paper. Your instructor in this class will have taught ENG 100 before and will be familiar with the authors and texts used in ENG 100. On the flip side of the coin, since we are focusing in on disciplines in this class, it might be tempting to try to recycle a research paper you have written in another class. This is also against the rules and will easily be detected by your instructor. Writing is not a skill you master in one try. It takes practice to achieve mastery and every argument will have its own writing challenges, so writing a completely new paper will be the most beneficial activity for you and will be expected. To use the work written in one class to fulfill the requirements of another will be considered academic dishonesty and you may be reprimanded by the university. So, please, recycle your aluminum cans and your plastic water bottles, but recycling papers is not allowed in college level work.