Subject Guide Learning Outcomes
Students will brainstorm keywords in order to have a flexible set of terms when searching.
Students will be able to locate books that provide background information as well as in-depth information and discussions for their research questions.
Students will learn how to use certain databases to find articles that provide support for the research question.
Students will become familiar with the types of sources available and what those sources supply.
Questions for You!
1. What topic are you thinking about for this paper?
2. Rate your confidence level (1-5) for finding relevant, credible sources for this paper. 1=low, 5=high
3. Where have you already looked for information?
4. What challenges did you face when looking for information?
Prompt for Paper #3
Begin by reading Chapter 10 in The Practical Handbook for Writers. The third paper for English 2201 will be a 6-8 page essay that asserts a thesis (analytical or argumentative) and draws on research in order to support that claim. Your rhetorical purpose is to convince readers about something related to homelessness. You are to approach this process from the perspective of your intended or probable discipline. If you want to incorporate any parts from your first two papers, that’s fine.
Your final paper must use a minimum of six reliable sources, including at least one source from a book. As you do your initial creating and pursue some sources, try to develop a research question and a list of the kind of information you would need to explore that question thoroughly. Let’s say your initial question is, “How can the health of homeless people be improved?” What are the major health issues experienced by homeless people in the United States?” You would need to find sources that identified the health issues most typically faced by homeless people, that examined the conditions that prompted or exacerbated those issues, and that offered proposals (from those qualified to make them) to solve these problems. Check the SPU website on Tent City for sources (https://www.spu.edu/events/tent-city/additional-readings.asp), but also consider what data base(s) would be useful for finding the information you need.
Your initial topic, research question, and list of information you will be looking for: Thursday, Feb. 19.
Annotated Bibliography: Thursday, Feb. 26
First submitted draft: Thursday, Mar. 5
Revision of Paper #3: Tuesday, Mar. 18, by 10 a.m. (or earlier)