You will develop a question that interests you. You will uncover credible and relevant sources for your question and learn to cite them. And you will learn to summarize, respond to and synthesize the sources into your own 3-5 page argument essay. The final project for the first sequence takes the form of a Research Discussion in front of the class.
Step 1: The Research Proposal
Step 2: The Simple Annotated Bibliography with cover letter
Step 3: Research Essay
Step 4: The Discussion
Information on what a simple Annotated Bibliography is and how to construct one can be found under the Annotated Bibliography tab.
Reputable places to start your research can be found under the Finding Articles, Books and Media and Online Sources tabs. Use the guidelines under Evaluate Sources and Real News vs Fake News if you are not sure a source is trustworthy.
Complete information on MLA 8 format can be found under the Citing and Plagiarism tab.
To get help with your research project from a librarian either in person, by phone, email, text, or chat. Look under the Get Help tab to see how to contact the librarian who is familiar with your assignment and to find out library hours.
Complete information on your assignment and due dates are in BlackBoard. If you can't find the answer there, ask Professor Somma.
1.) Pick a topic and propose a thesis to create your research question. Ask yourself:
2.) Locate an introductory, influential source. Some ways to locate influential sources include: