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English: 101 - Brown

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.


You may choose only one of the following options:

  1. Read “The Gay Option” and “The True Meaning of the Word ‘Cisgender’” in your textbook (two essays), pages 58-60 and 249-252. What forms of sexual discrimination do people still face today?
  2. Read “Athlete’s New Day” and “College Athletes Should Not Be Paid” in your textbook (two essays), pages 470-472. Should college athletes be paid? Why or why not?
  3. Read “Facebook Males Us Sadder and Less Satisfied, Study Finds” and “Online Lives, Offline Consequences…” in your textbook (two essays), pages 484-489. What are the consequences of being an online society?
  4. Read “Children Killing Children…” and “Teachers Packing Heat” in your textbook (two essays), pages 493-498. What should America do about gun violence?

Research Review

Navigate to the library homepage:

Books - print books in the library collection

eBook - electronic books

Databases - search for databases by name or view the A-Z list for database descriptions

Periodicals - search for a specific periodical (journals, magazines, newspapers) by name or view them grouped by subject

Research Guides - search for your course and view the research guide


Database Tips:

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


Recommended Search Terms

Assignment Requirements

Type: Research Paper

Length: 4-6 pages, plus an additional page for the Works Cited 

Citation Format: MLA

Required Sources: 

In addition to citing the textbook readings, you must have at least three (3) additional secondary sources cited in the paper from any of the following printed, online, or other sources:

  1. Article from a database, magazine, journal, and/or newspaper
  2. Book and/or e-book
  3. Film and/or video (such as a documentary film and/or a YouTube video)
  4. Government publication
  5. Podcast, radio, and/or television program
  6. Reference material
  7. Website (excluding Wikipedia)


Navigate to the library homepage and use the Books tab to search the catalog. 


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 college location, call number, and status
  2. To find similar books, click on Detailed Record and look at the Subject Terms to see how the item was cataloged. 
    • Click on the Subject Term to navigate to items cataloged with that term and view results. 

Click New Search on the top left blue bar to continue searching. ​