Purpose The research paper affords you the opportunity to choose a topic that interests you (from the list I provide), conduct in-depth research into that topic, and make a research-based argument related to that topic. Your paper should not just be an informational research paper (although it will no doubt inform) but should have some position you're taking and some overarching point you're trying to make. Audience Your intended audience for this assignment will be a scholarly audience of academics. As always, you need to think about their needs as readers. Much of your audience may not be familiar with the details or history of the topic about which you write. Assignment Choose one of the topics from the list provided that interests you, and then work to narrow that topic down into a more focused argument. Your narrowed topic need only relate in some way to one of the topics I provided. Your paper will need to be 8-10 full pages and must have a minimum of 8 reputable sources, of which 5 must be scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, as defined in the course. Various assignments connected to the research paper (such as the abstract and annotated bibliography) will be worth additional points. Remember that the paper needs to have a point to it, an argument, which you will support with your research. Evaluation Criteria Appropriate response to the prompt 8-10 full pages in length; proper use of MLA format Clear thesis statement that is developed throughout the essay Carefully thought out introduction and conclusion A focused purpose in your writing – not too broad Proper use of colons and semi-colons Effective use of extended quotations Effective use of counter-arguments Evidence of critical thinking and reflection Minimum of 8 reputable outside sources, of which 5 need to be scholarly, peer-reviewed sources. Appropriate stylistic choices (avoid weak verbs, wordiness, avoid first and second person personal pronouns).