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Prof. Boylan - Eng 101 - Fall 2023: Home

The resources on these pages will help you:

  • Develop a search strategy to find information on your topic using the library databases
  • Evaluate sources
  • Cite your sources 
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Get additional help

Research Essay

     A research essay expands your understanding of a topic by investigating outside print, electronic, filmed, primary, and observational sources in order to learn more about a question raised as an outgrowth of your reactions to our readings and discussions. The purpose of this assignment is for you to choose a topic that is of interest to you that increases self- understanding through research. A research question will guide your journey. This is an opportunity for you to express why the subject is important to you and how it relates to your life. Feel free to pursue your interests (including writing) as you approach the assignment.

Audience: Your colleagues


  • Four to six pages in length;
  • MLA format(double spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins and Times New Roman font;
  • A minimum of six sources;
  • A clear stated thesis or controlling idea
  • A clear organizational pattern / structure

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