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.
In recent years, and thanks to the internet, we are being inundated with information from every possible medium—newspapers, news programs, and social media outlets. It is virtually impossible not to be exposed to some issue that can affect the population. Your assignment is to identify a social issue currently discussed, protested, or otherwise examined in the media. While there are preliminary steps before the completion of your final work, our goal is to prepare an annotated bibliography and create a visual presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, or short video) that demonstrates your knowledge of the topic. This research project 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 involves identifying a topic (last week you identified three issues: you may be able to use one as a research topic), learning what resources are available to you in the library and gathering preliminary sources. Instead of a physical trip to the library, we will have a virtual orientation presented by Ms. April Martinez that we will watch in class. This will allow you to ask any questions you may have about the assignment or how to conduct research. The video will be available until the end of the semester.
The topics you choose are important and should reflect your interest. I will not allow duplicate topics unless the focus is on a different aspect than the one posted. This is a first come- first served choice for topics, so post as soon as the discussion board opens Wednesday evening.