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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.


First Steps

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:
The African American People a Global History

Special Resources:

  • For research & expert opinion on current events, try

CQ Researcher

Access from the SPU Library databases page:

Special Black History Month data page:



Assignment Details

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

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