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EGL 1010 - Composition I: Assignment


English 1010 Research Paper

Subject / Topic:                 

This is a thesis-driven argumentative research paper.

Intended Audience:                           

Academic audience (tone, language, and style should be appropriate for an academic audience).


To make an original argument and support it with evidence.

Source Requirements:                      

A minimum of five academic sources are to be used for this paper. Three of the minimum five need to come from PGCC databases and/or PGCC library resources (print or electronic). Students will receive instruction from their professors as what constitutes academic research and how that differs from casual research.

Length Requirements:                      

Minimum length requirement is six full pages. Maximum length is 10 pages. The Works Cited / Reference page does not count towards page count.

Format / Style:                                   

MLA or APA documentation can be used for this assignment and is up to the section instructor’s discretion.

Deadline / Weight:                                            

Students must submit the paper between weeks 12 and 15. Instructors must return graded papers to students by the final exam period. This paper’s grade must constitute at least 15% of the student’s overall grade in the course.

The course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Write informative, analytical, and argumentative essays that demonstrate the student’s ability to
    • Formulate a restricted, unified and precise thesis statement;
    • Organize essay content into introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs;
    • Compose restricted, unified, and precise topic sentences for paragraphs;
    • Construct and organize unified, coherent, and well-developed paragraphs;
    • Apply grammar and usage rules correctly;
    • Develop clear, concise sentences.
  • Write research-based essays using secondary sources, successfully demonstrating the characteristics listed in Course Outcome 1.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the library and online resources to locate and evaluate material relevant to the specific topic:
    • Record notes in sufficient detail and with accurate citations;
    • Synthesize several different sources into an essay to support its thesis;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of plagiarism by correctly summarizing, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and acknowledging sources through in-text parenthetical and end-of-text bibliographic documentation according to MLA or APA format.

Please be aware that this is the general assignment for English 1010 and your professor may have altered the requirements. Always refer to your professor for the most up to date information.