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

You have been assigned a Proposal, Annotated Bibliography, and culminating Research Article assignment focused on a topic of your choice.

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. You are bound to have questions as you conduct your research.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or to take advantage of our Ask-a-Librarian chat/text/e-mail system. 

Getting Started

What to do:

  • Select a topic on something that interests you.
  • Read materials that provide background information on your topic.
  • Locate books and other library materials on your topic.
  • Locate journal or magazine articles for current research, statistics, or analysis.
  • Locate websites specifically aimed at your topic.
  • Read other writers’ arguments for and against.
  • Take a stand.
  • Present supporting evidence in favor of your position.
  • Defend your position against opposing points of view.
  • Anticipate and deflect arguments against your position.
  • Make your case persuasively using analysis and strong arguments.
  • Cite your sources in MLA 9 style.



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