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READ 105 - Analytical Reading Library Research Project: Step 5: Writing Answers to the Assignment Outline

A step-by-step guide to completing your Library Research Project for Analytical Reading.

Writing Answers to the Assignment Outline

After you've found, previewed, and READ your two articles, it's time to complete your project by following the ASSIGNMENT OUTLINE below, which is reproduced from your assignment.

Use complete sentences or paragraphs to answer the questions.

I. Response prior to research

After you have chosen the question that you would like to research, but before you begin your

research, decide how you feel and what you think about the question. Write a

well-developed paragraph in which you explain your original ideas about the topic. Your

paragraph should start with a main idea sentence and should contain three reasons for your

opinion. This part of the project will be collected before you begin your research.

II. Evaluating sources

After you have chosen your article, answer the following questions about the article.

A. What is the URL?

B. Is the author qualified to write this article? How do you know?

C. Does the author or source of the information have a bias?

D. How current is the site? What is the date of the article?

E. How would you determine if this information is accurate?

III. Style of Writing

Identify the style of writing for your article and explain your answer.

IV. Patterns of Organization

Identify the major pattern of organization of your article and explain your answer. Include a definition of the pattern and at least one specific example.

V. Facts

Quote two (2) facts from the article using proper MLA in-line citation format. Explain why you have chosen this information as a fact.

VI. Opinions

Quote two (2) opinions from the article using proper MLA in-line citation format. Explain why you have chosen this information as an opinion.

VII. Outlining or Summarizing

Write a brief outline or summary for your article that includes the topic, thesis, and major details of the article that you read.

VIII. Response to the Question

Develop a clear, specific thesis statement that answers the research question that you have chosen. Explain if your thesis is similar or different to your original thoughts about this research question. Then support your thesis statement with explanations and evidence that you have learned from the article that you used for research. Your response should be written in two or three well-developed paragraphs and reflect a clear understanding of the research question. Be sure to refer to the article as you explain how you have reached your conclusion.

IX. Works Cited Page

Obtain a Citation Format Guide from the library webpage. Follow the format used for citing electronic sources from the MLA Citation Format Guide to cite the article you used for this project. Pay close attention to the section on URLs.

Post your article in BlackBoard

Your professor may ask you to post the articles you found in a discussion board. Follow the steps below to get a stable URL that your professor and classmates will be able to open. You should submit the articles in whatever way your professor asks you to.


When you have the article open, look in the TOOLS column on the right hand side (you may need to open it using the >> button


Click on the PERMALINK button.


Copy and paste the link in the Permalink into your BB discussion board or other document.




Copy the PERMALINK to the clipboard (CTRL + C or Command + V) 

Open a new Word or Google Doc document

Paste the URL onto the Document (CTRL + V or Command +V) > hit the RETURN to make the hyperlink active (it will be blue and not black).


Save the Document somewhere on your computer

Go to the ASSIGNMENTS tab in BB > Attach Files > Browse My Computer

Find the article on your computer > Open

Ensure it is the correct article > Submit


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