Social issue papers focus on topics that are currently happening, emphasize moral aspects of a topic, and require a good amount of research. Common examples of this are the death penalty, global warming, addiction, veteran care, etc. While these are great topics to write about, choosing an uncommon topic to write may be more interesting and informative for your reader as well as introducing you to a new topic to explore.
A few ideas for uncommon topics may be:
- Militarization of Police
- Organ and Body Donation
- Stand Your Ground Laws
- Voting Rights Restrictions
- Airport Screening Procedures
Regardless on what topic or position you choose, every good paper requires research on your topic. The library offers many databases that can help you find research for your topic (found in the top menu bar), along with new books concerning your topic.
If you wish to use a website for your research look for websites that end in:
- .gov (government)
- .edu (educational institutions)
These domains generally provide accurate facts and statistics, but it is always a good idea to make sure the website isn't practicing outstanding bias. You may narrow your topic to just .gov, .edu or even .org or .com sites by adding this after your search terms in Google: site:.gov or site:.edu, etc. This will narrow your results to only those sites which are .gov or .edu, etc. (whichever you specify).
Writing a social issue paper requires taking a stance on a subject. Are you for or against your topic? In between? It's important to write about both pros and cons in your paper allowing you and your reader to make an informed decision. Make your thesis clear and presentable for your reader, so they know what your paper will be about.
There are times where you want to have your input on your topic. Usually, this is done in your concluding paragraphs, so writing with little to no bias helps give your paper integrity. Use this guide provided by Walden University to help recognize bias in your writing. Keep your writing yours! Don't plagiarize. Use your research to find information, but write your thoughts yourself. If you reference your research in your paper, be sure to use an In-Text Citation to clarify.
It's easy to get off track once you start writing. Every once in a while (not too much), back away from the paper, and reread what you have so far. Is it making sense? Is what your writing about pertain to your topic?
Is your paper done? Double-check it. Make sure no grammatical errors or misused words occur in your writing.
Any research you've done for your paper must be presented in the "Works Cited" page at the end of your paper. Many professors will ask you to do so in Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Different types of sources may require different types of citations. Follow this link to help get a better understanding.
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