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Essay 4: Research

For this (6 min. 8 max. page) paper, you will need to choose a problem or controversy relating to one of the topics regarding food of interest to you. Research the issue, and propose a solution to the problem (or recommend a course of action to be taken).


I recommend you choose an issue concerning food you are interested in or want to learn more about. Establish the problem and give adequate background; you will only have a page or so to explain, support, and defend your proposed solution, so be sure to limit the scope of your topic. Do be sure, however, that your topic is manageable for the prescribed length; avoid something that requires extensive background or technical knowledge to understand.

See the Starting Points tab for examples and resources for choosing a topic. 


You will need at least five cited sources in your paper. Books, scholarly journals, newspapers, interviews with authorities, etc. are all places you might look for information, no Wikipedia. You will need to follow the MLA citation style with a works cited page.  You will want to use research both in your analysis of the problem and in defending your solution.


The core of this paper is your proposed approach to the problem you outline.  Your approach may take a wide range of forms: you may literally propose a solution, or you may recommend a general course of action.  Whatever you propose, you should take a clear and well-defined stance on the issue; your readers should understand exactly the steps you are suggesting to solve or mitigate the problem at hand.  If the problem your paper tackles is too complex, you may have a hard time adequately explaining and supporting your proposal--think focus.

For now, focus on defining the problem you want to tackle, and thinking about where you might go to find information on it.  You may or may not have an idea about what you will propose; if you don't, your research should help you formulate your approach.

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