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ENGL 1102H Spring 2021 (Mitchell): Research Essay Assignment

Assignment Instructions

In An Enemy of the People, Dr. Stockmann fights for something, repairing the drainage system at the local baths that is causing the water to be contaminated. This leads that negative outcomes for him and his family and leads to him being ostracized from the town. For this essay, you will conduct research on something that you feel negatively impacts your community. For this essay, your community can be either your neighborhood, city, state, or country. You will make an argument about what should be done to rectify the thing that is harming your community. As part of this essay, you will have a body paragraph that discusses the negative consequences that could happen to a person who advocates for these changes and argue why they should still do so despite the risks.

You must use at least five, secondary sources to support your argument. At least three of your sources need to be books or articles found in the GSU  library catalog or in databases that can be accessed through the GSU library ( If you do use internet sources, they still need to be credible. Use the CRAP Test Handout to help you evaluate and make sure you are using the most effective sources. This evaluation should be just for yourself and should not be in the essay. You should have two to five pieces of evidence, direct quotes or paraphrase, in each body paragraph, and you need to use evidence from at least two different sources in each body paragraph. In addition to these five, secondary sources, you need at least two quotes from An Enemy of the People in your essay. You need to connect your attempts to persuade your audience to advocate for a specific change to what Ibsen is saying through Dr. Stockmann about the risks and importance for someone to stand up for what they believe is correct. Your essay needs to be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. You must include in-text citations and a works cited page. The works cited page is essential but does not contribute toward your 1,500-2,000 word count. Your essay should be in MLA format 8th edition, including the in-text citations and the works cited, 12 point, Times New Roman font, and double spaced. You cannot use the first person, second person, or contractions in this essay.   

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