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English: 101 - Triplett (Advertising, American Values, Media)

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.


In a thesis driven, argumentative research paper, explore one of the topics below:

1. What are some of the affects advertisements have on society?

2. How does the media shape American values and beliefs?

3. How does media promote violence?

4. If you have a specific focus/topic you would like to use for this paper, please see me and we can discuss it.


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 for specific databases

Recommended Search Terms


Advertising and society

American values

American values and society 

American social values

Media and violence



Society: public, community, culture, population, humanity...

Values: beliefs, attitude, conduct, ethics, ideals, morals, standards... 

Assignment Requirements

Type: Research Paper

Length: 6-8 Pages

Citation & Document Format: MLA

Required Sources: Minimum five sources

  • At least one source should be your textbook
  • Three sources from the library database 

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.