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ENGL 103 (Rayne): Session Introduction & Assignment

In the Research Process

Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:  

1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & Writing Center)


Write an essay growing out of thorough research of an issue from the list below.  Your research into that topic must lead you to take a stand or otherwise make a claim about the topic. Argue for your stand using the results of your research. You are required to include a minimum of six (6) sources, two of which must be primary, and three of which must be scholarly. In addition, you are to complete an Annotated Bibliography including sources you did and did not use, and a Review of the Literature which synthesizes the information you found while researching. You will also be presenting your thesis and its foundations in a report to the class. Specific assignment sheets will be distributed for these additional parts of the project.

Your research-argument essay must be about 6-8 pages in length, plus a Works Cited page in MLA formatting.

Manage & Organize

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