Subject Guide Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to identify sources useful for preliminary research in order to explore the specific elements of their topics.
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 understand how to identify whether any source (book, article, website) is a reliable academic source.
I just got a writing assignment, now what do I do?
- Read the assignment over thoroughly and carefully.
- If you have questions, talk to your instructor as soon as possible.
- You don’t want to start working on something and then find out that you are on the wrong track.
How do I get started?
- Do some preliminary research.
- For a research paper, talk to an expert; look in a textbook, a reference book or a reliable web site.
For example this book from the Main Level Reference Collection:
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history
REF E185 .E54 2006
and this online book:
- For research & expert opinion on current events, try
Access from the SPU Library databases page:
- For data & statistics, check the U.S. Census site (www.census.gov)
Special Black History Month data page:
ENG 2201 Prompt for Paper #3: A Mini-Research Paper
Begin by reading pp. 69-80 in The Broadview Guide. The third paper for English 2201 will be a 6-8 page argumentative essay that asserts a claim and draws on research in order to support that claim. Your rhetorical goal is to convince readers about something; the tone should be formal and academic. We'll discuss how to move from a topic to a research question. Possible topics are given below. If you want to continue working on the topic of one of your first two papers and incorporate parts of them, that's fine.
Your final paper must use a minumum of six reliable academic sources, including at least two books and at least two peer-reviewd articles. It should follow MLA format and have a Works Cited page.
Potential topics: literacy; movies about slavery; African-American music; women and slavery; American slavery and Christian faith; friendship; and pets.
Your initial topics, research questions, and list of avenues of research are due on Monday, May 12
Annotated Bibliography: Wednesday, May 21
Draft for Peer-editing: Friday, May 23
First submitted draft: Wednesday, May 28
Revision of Paper #3: Friday, June 6