By now, you should have a pretty good idea of what the research essay needs. Bu

By now, you should have a pretty good idea of what the research essay needs.  But here’s a recap of the most important requirements:
Present a persuasive thesis, which takes a stand on a particular issue and attempts to bring readers into agreement with that thesis.
Be in the range of 3000-3500 words. Must meet that minimum threshold to be considered successful.
Utilize at least 7 outside sources, of any type.  Those sources should be high-quality and present the best information or opinions available on the matter at hand.  At least one of those sources should adopt a viewpoint which is different from your thesis.
Include at least 2 visual elements: 1 chart/table/graph & 1 photo/image/drawing.  Those visual elements should include captions as well as explanations in the essay of the text, and be properly cited.
Follow a clear structure designed to have the most positive impact on your thesis.
Follow MLA page formatting and citation guidelines (in-text and Works Cited).
You have a lot of leeway for tailoring these essays to your individual subject matter’s needs.   The primary goal is to be persuasive, and whatever supports that goal is up to you.
My thesis was that people do in fact abuse federal programs, i.e. farm subsidies, wellfare fraud, etc.
If there are any more questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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