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English: 028 - Crum

English 028 - Intermediate Reading & Composition

The final preparatory course in composition and critical reading. Emphasis is placed on a review of grammar, mechanics, and paragraph writing. Students will write essays on various rhetorical patterns and will be introduced to research techniques. 


Research Topic:

  • Current Controversial Issue whereby pro and con sides can be researched.

Research Topic Examples:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Immigration Reform
  • Milk
  • Legalizing Marijuana
  • Group Marriage
  • Lowering the drinking age
  • Wifi​
  • LGBTQA Equality
  • Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Immunization

(All topics must be approved by the instructor. You may not write about: pornography, capital punishment or abortion.)


Use the Search All tab on the library homepage to search all the databases at the same time; sort the results with the Refine Results toolbar on the left side of the results page.


Use the Database tab on the library homepage:


Specific Databases:


General Databases:

Recommended Search Terms

Refer to the research topic examples.

Assignment Requirements

Type: Research Paper

Length: Minimum of 1,200 words + a Works Cited page

Citation Format: MLA

Required Sources: Minimum of five sources (two must be a print source)

  • One book
  • One periodical (newspaper, journal, or magazine)
  • One from a reliable Internet website
  • Two of your choosing


Example Sources:

Articles Academic/Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine
Books Print, eBook, Reference
Media Video, Audio, Image
Miscellaneous Personal Interview


Navigate to the Find Books tab and use the library catalog search box. 


Connect to the catalog by viewing the books below:

  1. Click on the blue link or image to open the item record in the library catalog. Take note of the location, call number, and status
  2. To find similar books, click on Catalog Record and look at the Subject Terms to see how the item was cataloged. 
  3. Click on the Subject Term to navigate to items cataloged with that term and view results. 

To begin a new search after viewing a book, click Search/Home on the top left bar.