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This guide will help with your Major Informed Opinion Paper (MIOP) or any other paper you write on controversial topics.


This research guide is intended to help First Year Writing students find books, articles, and quality Internet sources on controversial topics.  These resources will help in locating introductory information, prominent positions on the issues, related research, and statistical evidence for students to utilize in their MIOP (My Informed Opinion Paper).

Getting Started:

  • Choose an issue or topic that you find interesting
  • Locate background information
  • Critically evaluate and analyze pro/con positions that exist
  • Identify the research question you want to ask (use open ended questions that start with "how" and "why")
  • Once you determine your question break it apart into terms. Think of related words or synonyms to describe your terms
  • Develop a thesis statement (the specific argument you are going to make)
  • Gather the evidence to support your claim and use it to make a persuasive argument
  • Don't forget to cite every source that you use for your argument