This guide is designed to provide helpful resources for Annette Cole's ENGL 1301 class. Below is a copy of your assignment and important dates to remember.
Getting Started- contains a helpful video about keyword searching and how to develop ideas for your paper.
Database tab - You will find databases geared towards helping you either find a topic to research (Issue databases) or where to find additional information regarding the topic you've chosen (Multi-subject databases).
Images- Will provide you with resources to use for image searching and how to cite them.
Evaluating and Citing Sources in MLA- Is everything you need to know about citing sources in MLA, Plagiarism, and evaluating websites
HELP!- Feeling lost? Still, need help picking a topic or finding more sources? Here are all the ways you can contact a librarian for additional help
Helpful tip: You always want to find more sources than you need. Example: If your teacher says you need 5 cited sources you probably want to find 7-8 just so you have enough.
Library and tentative identification of
social issue. You will choose three possible
topics for research. On the discussion board
that will be available after the orientation,
you will list your first choice, second
choice. There will be no duplicate topics.
Works Consulted ( a list of sources
in MLA format/alphabetical order
that you may be able to use for your
Revised Works Consulted
Annotated Bibliography rough draft
Annotations final draft due to Blackboard@
November 18th (actual date)
Visual presentation rough draft due
All visual presentations due to
Blackboard@11:59 p.m. If you use
Prezzi—be sure your link is submitted
In recent years, and thanks to the internet, we are being inundated with information from
every possible medium there is—newspapers, news programs, and social media outlets. It is
virtually impossible to not be exposed to some type of issue that has the potential to affect the
population. Since we are discussing what it means to think and argue like a citizen, you may
choose to focus on local issues as well. Your assignment is to identify a social issue, prepare an
annotated bibliography, and create a visual presentation ( short film, prezzi, video...) that
demonstrates your knowledge of the topic. This has the potential to be an exciting project and
can also be fun as you will learn research techniques, MLA formatting, and compiling images to
create a narrative of your research. The assignment will be done in stages. This week will be
spent identifying a topic, learning what resources are available to you in the library and gathering
preliminary sources. The library will actually be virtual. Ms. April Martinez will guide us
through this part of the assignment. She will record the virtual meeting to help you navigate the
process. It will be available on both the library page and our class page for reference.