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Prof. Packer - Eng. 101 FALL 2022: Home / Your Assignment

Your Assignment

Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Prof. Packer's English 101 Writing and Research class and is a customized resource for this assignment.

Your assignment is to write a 2-3 page persuasive essay and support it with credible sources. You may use U.S.A. Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Essence, Sports Illustrated, the New Yorker, or the Atlantic

Citing your sources is an essential component of a 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 

Steps for Writing a Persuasive Essay

  • What is persuasive writing?
    • It intends to convince readers to believe in an idea or opinion.
    • It uses logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another.

STEP 1.   Select a topic. Decide on a topic and narrow your research question or thesis statement to be specific.

STEP 2.   Find background information about the issues related to your topic.

STEP 3.   Build a search strategy by choosing keywords to find articles in the library databases.

STEP 4.   Explore different viewpoints/sides of the issue. Find examples to support your opinion and to counter the opposing viewpoint.

STEP 5.   Cite your sources to avoid plagiarism.  

What's in this Guide?

The resources on these pages will help you:

  • Find background information on your topic
  • Develop a search strategy
  • Find articles using the library databases
  • Evaluate sources
  • Cite your sources using MLA format
  • Avoid plagiarism

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