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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.



Prompt for Paper #3A

Begin by reading “Preparing for a Research Project” and “Doing Research” (Ch. 14-15) in The Everyday Writer.   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.  If possible, you are to approach this process from the perspective of your intended or probable discipline / major / minor.  For example, if you are an English major, you might choose the topic of how homelessness is depicted in young adult fiction.  You could also choose a topic related to a personal experience; for example, if you have volunteered in a homeless shelter, you might choose the topic of the efficacy of homeless shelters.

Your 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 (, but also consider what database(s) would be useful for finding the information you need.  You can use information from any of the readings we have done for class, also.

Your initial topic, research question, and list of information is due Tuesday, Feb. 11 (W8)

Your first source analysis is due Tuesday, Feb. 15 (W9)

Your second source analysis is due Thursday, Feb. 18 (W10)

Essay 3A is due Thursday, Feb. 26

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