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Paper on Euthanasia-How to argue it can be research paper & not just persuasive


peacemaker 1 / -  
Dec 6, 2009   #1
I need to do a 4500 word research paper on any topic. I want to do one on Euthanasia but my professor said it would be more of a persuasive rather than research paper. I can see it taking a persuasive tone, but don't see how it couldn't be a research paper with the Netherlands, Belgium legalizing it, as well as Oregon here in the US. I've been out of school awhile and was hoping for some help on how to argue this point and get it approved. Any input would be most appreciated. Thanks for your help!

keilinger 9 / 53  
Dec 6, 2009   #2
I think it's a great idea to include factual information, but incorporate them into your argument. For example, what has been the effect of Oregon's legalizing euthanasia? How many people have chosen to die with dignity, and what was their reasoning for doing it? Your essay can be persuasive with plenty of facts to back up your opinions.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Dec 8, 2009   #3
Do you mean that the professor does not think the topic is a good idea? It certainly can be a research topic. If the prof does not want it to be persuasive, introduce your paper by saying it is a review of literature that is specifically intended to be objective.

You can focus on legislation in various countries, or you can even focus on ethical arguments that have been made. Use your school database to find excellent, scholarly articles, and write a paragraph about each. When you have lots of pages, write the intro and conclusion.

A third idea for a research paper would be to research the various techniques that have been used in the history of euthanasia.
Christinasha07 1 / 10  
Dec 8, 2009   #4
I think Euthanasia is a great idea! I would say just write more about Euthanasia and what's happening and don't write much about your opinion
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Dec 10, 2009   #5
I think Euthanasia is a great idea!

Ha ha, I guess that would depend on one's circumstances.


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