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This assignment will likely be more familiar to you than the literature review was, since most papers are argument papers of one sort or another. Having now framed a research question about some hoax, fraud, conspiracy theory, or other related topic, researched that question, and written up a literature review of it, it is time to put that research to use in service of an argument. The goal will be to both answer your research question using the research you have (and any additional research you need to do) and to move beyond it toward the problem that it was meant to address. Maybe the best approach to formulating a main claim is to think back to the reason you chose the topic to begin with: what interested you enough to write about it, and how has your research influenced how you think about that? Or, you can use your literature review more directly, beginning where it ended with some gap in existing knowledge that you can begin to fill in. Whatever approach you take to get there, I will want you to move beyond facts to discuss meaning, answering the general question of what your chosen topic (and the details that you have found) means for the larger problem the research was meant to address.
As always, you will want to support your claim with a combination of reasoning and evidence, and can expect that much of that evidence will come from the research you did for the literature review. You are welcome to use any or even all of your text from the literature review for this paper, and are also allowed (indeed, encouraged) to seek out and draw in new evidence as needed to better make your case. As you do so, you will need to evaluate that evidence, determining what it can tell us and how reliably it tells us so. You will also need to identify complicating evidence and address potential counterarguments to make your own claims more complex and compelling.
Skills: Application of research to life; principles of persuasive writing (logos, ethos, pathos, and kairos); clarity, conciseness, and cohesion
Word Count: approximately 2500 words (2300-2700)
Intended Audience: An academic audience, likely one interested in fringe experience and beliefs in a research capacity, but not necessarily familiar with your topic
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