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English: 101 - Grooms

English 101 - College Reading & Composition I

English 101 is a reading and composition course designed to prepare students to handle a wide range of college writing assignments and to acquire the analytic skills necessary for effective academic preparation. Stress is placed on the organization and composition of objective expository and argumentative essays, including the research paper.


Directions: Choose one of the following topics.

You will use our books, Affluenza and Garbology, as your primary sources. After reading both books, choose one of these topics:

1) To what extent is affluenza impacting the planet? (Affluenza is/ is not impacting the planet.)

2) To what extent is capitalism and mass consumerism impacting Americans’ gross national happiness? (Capitalism and mass consumerism are /are not impacting Americans’ gross national happiness.)

Research Review

1.  Navigate to the library homepage:

2.  Begin with a search:

  • Book - search the library catalog for physical books in the library.
  • eBooks - search and access from on and off campus 24/7.
  • Databases (online periodicals) - search for database by name or view the A-Z list for database descriptions, access on and off campus 24/7.

3.  After viewing the initial search results:

  • For eBooks and Databases (online periodicals), refine your results using the menu on the left side of the search results page. 
    • Change the publication date range if needed

Do you need ideas on where to take your research, how to narrow your topic, or what to focus on?

  • Explore the Subject Terms by clicking Show More

Assignment Requirements

Type: Essay

Length: at least 6 - 8 full pages (1,500 - 2,000 words)

Works Cited: separate page from your essay

Citation Format: MLA

Required Sources:

  • Affluenza and Garbology (primary sources)
  • Five outside sources (at least one must be a print source)
  • A total of seven sources is required.

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 school 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.