C. Munzenmaier Hamilton College Urbandale, IA

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Cause-Effect Papers

Why do floppy disks seem to fail just when a paper is due? What lies behind the recent growth of gangs in Iowa? Which management practices encourage employees to stay with a company? How did a series of poor decisions lead to the loss of the shuttle Columbia?

To find the answers to such questions, you must establish a relationship between cause and effect. Your paper might show:

one cause that produces one or more effects

many causes that contribute to one effect

a chain of causes that leads to one effect

Class Materials

Causal Fallacies (PPT)

Writing Cause-Effect Papers

Analyzing a Cause-Effect Model

Cause-Effect Model (PDF)

Peer-Editing Guide

Grading Criteria for Cause-Effect Papers

Additional Resources on Writing Cause-Effect Papers

Writing Effective Cause/Effect Essays

The Cause and Effect Essay (planning)

Cause and Effect (Charles Darling's site)

Rube Goldberg Gallery

Cog commercial