1. It should contain an argument. For example, it is not enough just to describe pollution in the Hudson River. You should make an argument about why firms pollute the Hudson River, or about what the government should do to clean up the pollution, or about why the government should not take action to clean up the pollution, etc. When you are developing your argument, think of your reader as a person who will listen to reason, but who needs very good reasons in order to be persuaded, since s/he is inclined to disagree with you. If you think, for example, that the government should tax polluting emissions, imagine your reader to be someone who rather thinks the government should not tax: s/he will need to hear very good arguments from you, if s/he is to change her mind. 2. It should use some economic concepts, something you have learned in this class. This does not mean that you have to use graphs or algebra—although you may if you want. Rather it means that you need to show that economic ideas can be useful in thinking about real-world problems. 2. The paper should be 4 – 6 pages typed with a 12 point font and double spaced. 3. Papers will be written using the APA or MLA style. The APA or MLA has specific guidelines for documenting your information. You will collect information, put that information in your own words and then tell the reader (me) where you got that information. 4. Go to the Learning Assistance Center, in the basement of the library, and ask for the APA or MLA guidelines handouts. They cover the basics of proper APA or MLA documentation. You can also get then by selecting the library link from the pull down menu on the HVCC home page. 5. You must use at minimum 5 legitimate sources (not all web sites). Legitimate sources are professional journals, magazines, newspapers and books. All sources require an author and date of publication.
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