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How to use this guide

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. 

Important Dates

Week of:

September 14th

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.

September 21st

Works Consulted ( a list of sources

in MLA format/alphabetical order

that you may be able to use for your


September 28th

Revised Works Consulted

October 12th

Annotated Bibliography rough draft

November 1st

Annotations final draft due to Blackboard@

11:59 p.m.

November 18th (actual date)

Visual presentation rough draft due

December 7th

All visual presentations due to

Blackboard@11:59 p.m. If you use

Prezzi—be sure your link is submitted


Fall 2020

Research Project

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.