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.
Choose a topic that interests you.
In the beginning of your research paper process, your topic can be general. However, after you complete some research, you should be able to narrow your topic and perhaps develop a preliminary thesis. In choosing a suitable topic, ask yourself the following questions:
a. Is there enough material on my topic?
b. Do I have time to contact and collect all the sources I need?
c. Will I be able to narrow this topic for the pages required?
d. Will I be able to develop a thesis?
e. Is this topic interesting enough to work on for the rest of the semester?
Navigate to the library homepage:
Search All - search the library catalog and databases at the same time.
Databases - search for database 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
Refine your results using the menu on the left side of the search results page.
Do you need ideas on where to take your research, how to narrow your topic, or what to focus on?
Length: 4-7 pages , not including works cited page.
Citation Format: MLA
Required Sources: 3 sources
|Articles||Academic/Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine|
|Books||Print, eBook, Reference|
|Media||Video, Audio, Image|
|Websites||Credible, authoritative, educational, data-rich. (Wikipedia excluded)|