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Kim Conway
4/17 Discussion
Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:06pm
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For the argument paper I literally spent four straight days in the library and wanted to rip my eyes out of my head, doing the research and reading article after article and opinion after opinion was definitely the hardest part; especially for the topic I chose. I felt that every time I read something that seemed substantial there was something completely different said in another article I would read and I was constantly going back and forth trying to determine what was accurate and what wasn’t. Of the four days that I was in the library I spent all four researching, once I started the paper it only took me about two hours, but the research in total probably lasted 48 hours. I definitely wish I would’ve given myself more time to do the research but I honestly thought four days was a lot of time, clearly I was mistaken. I definitely think all of the research I did made it easier to write my paper though because all the information was so engraved in my head from re-reading the same sort of thing over and over from different sources that I hardly even had to look at my notes; really the only time I did was to double check which source I needed to cite. I think the strongest points of my paper are the statistical facts I gave because really everything else is just opinion on whether or not solitary confinement is too harsh or not; and that really is an opinion, some people would say its deserved and some wouldn’t but no one can argue with statistics and facts so those are obviously going to be the strongest points. I am concerned though that I didn’t go into enough detail because thinking about it in my head or explaining it to someone in person I feel like I give a much better description on my points; but when I was writing the paper I tried to keep it to the point and I feel like in some areas I should’ve elaborated more. I honestly could’ve written twice as much as I did if I would’ve gotten into everything I read but I tried to stick to the main points because it really is a very circumstantial topic which is why it can be so controversial.
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