(1) explains the history and current debate of a controversial topic, (2) asserts an opinion about the debate, and (3) ultimately persuades readers to support your position. ? ”Debatable” means a topic about which intelligent, well-meaning people may disagree. Keep in mind that your audience will be skeptical, so plan your arguments accordingly. ? The key to a solid argument is to ensure that your argument is well-balanced, thorough, and supported by information gleaned from credible written sources such as scholarly journals, trade publications, and books. ? Your research essay must include the following elements: ? Clear title and introduction, which present the history of the problem in an engaging manner ? Accurate description of the topic as it is currently presented in the literature and clear descriptions of the various viewpoints ? Evaluation and analysis of the debate ?