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HONR 111 (Hill): Session Introduction & Assignment

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Research Approach

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)


Paper #1:  An Argument Using Contextual Sources

You need to find at least 2 of your own scholarly and peer-reviewed articles to support your idea


Outline/Early Draft Due: 2/14

Draft Due: 2/17

Final Graded Revision: 2/23 5pm in hard copy and MyClasses

Paper #2: An Argument Requiring Research

Investigate a recent community development concern that is contested among experts and/or is in need of scholarly attention. Narrow your topic by considering a specific social, political, environmental, medical, educational, nutritional, historical, economic, or marketing concern that policy-makers must debate. Make a researched argument that engages with current scholarship and communicates the significance of your topic to an intelligent lay reader. You may wish to examine the ways in which social, economic, political, technological, or other philosophical questions influence discourse about your chosen topic; you may also consider how your narrowly-focused topic speaks to broader cultural issues or trends. Your paper should draw upon a minimum of eight sources, at least six of which must be peer-reviewed. You should position your argument within one or more scholarly conversations, making clear how your argument extends the discourse.

Annotated Bibliography: minimum of 4 sources


Annotated Bibliography: Draft Due 2/24 & Final Due 2/28

Research Proposal and Literature Review: Due 3/25

Paper #1:  An Argument Using Contextual Sources

Make a full, thesis-driven argument that draws upon scholarly sources to evaluate a specific facet of Michael Nolan’s article “‘I Want to Own My Own Business When I Grow Up’: Encouraging Entrepreneurship at a Young Age.” Employ Nolan’s article to engage with broader scholarly conversations about embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Consider the shared readings below to argue where a budding entrepreneur should focus attention. Consider how Nolan’s ideas align with, diverge, or fail to consider “best practices” in successful entrepreneurship for young Americans. As always, there are multiple options for consideration, so respond to likely challenges and/or counterarguments.


Employ evidence from at least one of our common texts and two peer-reviewed sources you find independently.


You need to find at least 2 of your own scholarly and peer-reviewed articles to support your ideas.


Deadlines: (all deadlines are at the start of class; bring your printed task)

Outline/Early Draft Due: 9/27                       

Draft Due: 9/30

Final Graded Revision: 10/4 by 5:00 p.m, due online and in hard copy

Information Cycle

Infographic of the Information cycle: Day of is Television, Radio, and Internet; Day after is Newspapers; Week after is popular magazines; Months after is scholarly journals; Year after is books and government publications; years after is reference books

Manage & Organize

‚ÄčProQuest RefWorks - Source citation tool

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