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Prof. Gaffney: SPRING 2021; Eng. 101: Home


Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Prof. Gaffney's English 101 class.

This guide is a customized resource for this assignment, and I encourage you to refer to it as you conduct your research.

You are required to write a 5-page I-SEARCH Research Essay telling the story of your research project, describing how your perspective evolved as you conducted research on your topic. You are to present the reader with relevant reasons for the position you have taken and provide credible facts and sufficient evidence to support that you have a valid perspective on your topic.

You will need to locate authoritative sources and integrate them into the text of your paper.

Organize your essay into the following sections:

  • What I Knew, Assumed, or Imagined
  • What I Discovered
  • Reflections

Citing your sources correctly is an important component of any research assignment. Your essay should include parenthetical (in-text) citations and a Works Cited page using MLA 8 style formatting.

If you have any questions about research and citations, please feel free to contact me at 

For real-time assistance, use the live IM box from the library homepage.

What's in This Guide

The resources on these pages will help you:

  • Find background information about your topic
  • Formulate a search strategy on your topic
  • Find articles in the library databases
  • Find e-Books in the library catalog
  • Evaluate the sources you have found
  • Cite your sources properly to avoid plagiarism
  • Get additional help from the Writing Center and Academic Support
  • Log in from off-campus


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