The purpose of this argument is for you to practice: Choosing an appropriate topic and narrowing it to a research question Finding and evaluating sources Summarizing and synthesizing sources Documenting sources correctly in MLA or APA style Building an evaluative argument that will help justify the purpose of the study you will propose in Essay 4 Choosing a Topic & Getting Started Your topic needs to be something that can be studied empirically (so you can propose a study over it in Essay 4), but even with that limitation, there are many different types of topics and research questions that you can use. Remember, you don’t have to know exactly what kind of study you’re going to propose for Essay 4 yet, as long as you have a general topic; the details will evolve as you work on this essay. Focus on finding a topic that you find interesting and fun! Sources For this essay, you will need to continue finding scholarly sources. Scholarly sources include (a) peer-reviewed journal articles (go here for more info) and (b) books that have been published by university presses or other academic publishers. If you believe you’ve found some other source that should be considered scholarly, please check with me first. In most cases, the majority of your sources will be scholarly journal articles that report findings from studies or experiments. At least THREE of your FIVE sources for this essay must be scholarly, but ideally, ALL of your sources will be scholarly.