Essay #5 Tip Sheet

Essay #5: Research/Synthesis

The Writing Assignment

For this paper you will select and narrow a topic, find research material, and write a six-page research paper with appropriate MLA documentation of your outside resources.

You will receive a list of topics related to the reading we have been doing. If you wish to write on another topic, you must submit a proposal by April 6, 2022 and receive permission before proceeding.

Hints for Success

A successful synthesis paper has several characteristics.

Danger Points

A six-page research paper may seem like an enormous project (though you will be asked for much longer papers in future courses), so you might be tempted by some strategies which will sabotage you. Here are a few to avoid:


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Revised 12/30/21 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: callen@ashland.edu.