6 8 page local research essay about college athletes and endorsements

You will be writing about one local issue (San Diego, California), to write about in a six-eight page, research-based, persuasive essay. In addition to devising an arguable claim, you will convince your readers to take some type of action (this is where the “proposal” aspect comes into play). It is vital to choose a subject that you find interesting, but keep an open mind while you’re doing your research.

  • Your essay must have at least six credible/reliable sources
  • MLA format
  • You must include at least one article from an electronic database
  • You can use magazines (e.g. Time, Rolling Stone, GQ) and newspapers (e.g. San Diego Union Tribune, New York Times) **the web sites are fine, of course
  • Do not use general encyclopedic works (eg., the dictionary, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia) in your essay
  • You should also consider contacting people by telephone or email. If you need help formulating questions or with anything else, please let me know
  • You could also do a survey and analyze the data

While you need to localize your topic, you can always use more national and general sources to give background or history about a topic or as a comparison/contrast to what is happening locally. For example, let’s say you are writing about homelessness in San Diego, you could read about what other cities such as Chicago or New York are doing to help with this issue.