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Prof. Mathews - English 101 (Summer 2021): Home


Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Professor Mathews' Writing and Research class.

You have been assigned a research project that requires locating sources about a topic of your choice for your:

  • Proposal
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Research Paper

This guide is a customized resource for this particular course and assignment. If you have any questions or trouble, feel free to contact your librarian in person, via email or through the library's virtual services.

Sources for Your Research

1.) Pick a topic and propose a thesis to create your research question. Ask yourself:

  • What do you already know about this topic?
  • What do you wish to discover?
  • Significance: Why is this topic important enough to study? (So what?, Who cares?)

2.) Locate an introductory, "Starter Source". Starter Sources can include: 

  • A Controversial Issues Database or the website: The Conversation.   
  • A Long Magazine article  
  • Film/Documentary Source or *long* radio interview
  • A Times Topic landing Page


  • If you get stuck, you can also ask your teacher or a librarian, who might know of recent research, controversies, or the name of an expert/ organization studying this issue.
  • Note that experts may be authors OR they may be people referenced or interviewed in articles you find.
  • Learn to look for clues and breadcrumbs to further, more in-depth research!

Naomi Osaka: Double Standards for Female Athletes?

IMAGE: World Tennis Association. "World No.1 and Defending Champion Naomi Osaka had a Mural Commemorating Her 2018 Title Run Unveiled." WTA Tour, 2019, Women's Tennis Association,  

Osaka, Naomi. Tweeted Statement, Twitter, May 31, 2021, Twitter,

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