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ENGWR 300 (Angel)

ENGWR 300 (Angel)


Approaching your Assignment

Welcome to the LibGuide for Jodi Angel's ENGWR 300 class.  This guide will help you with library research on your problem/solution research assignment.  It will present information on searching books, databases and web sites that will help you define your topic and support your information and arguments.

Use the links in red to the left to navigate the resources.

Your assignment

For this essay, you will be asked to define and articulate a problem or social issue that you feel needs correcting, and you will use research to find viable solutions to the problem you have defined.

The following outline will give you an idea as to how to structure your essay:

  1. What is the problem or issue to be solved? In the introduction the problem should be stated, and any necessary background information (key terms) needed to understand the problem should be addressed. The thesis is the statement of the problem.
  1. What are the causes of the problem? Why did it happen? For whom is this a problem? What are the effects of the problem? Why is it a problem? The better you, the writer, understand the problem and all its implications, the better solution you will find. (Body paragraphs)
  1. What are the options to solving the problem? What are the various ways to solve the problem? What resources are available? (Body paragraphs)
  1. Each solution must be examined for its feasibility. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use logical thinking in your discussion. Apply learned or researched theories and/or principles. Consider all sides and look for repercussions. What could go wrong; what might not work; what might not be supported? (Body paragraphs)
  1.  After the analysis which solution is the most feasible and why did you choose it? In this conclusion the value of the chosen solution is rationalized.

In order to begin the research paper, you need to give some thought to the problem or social issue you want to focus on. Ideally the issue should be something you feel invested in and are enthusiastic to find more information in an attempt to solve.

To make sure that you are giving thought to the basis of this research paper, you must write a brief problem statement that defines your problem or issue and the reasons why you chose this particular problem to research and solve.



How the library can help

You must offer a minimum of three solutions to the problem, and choose the solution that you feel is most viable. Your paper will use a minimum of 8 sources that will be presented first in an annotated bibliography, and serve as the Works Cited for the research paper as a whole.

Some important dates to remember

The proposal of your problem will serve as Essay #3, and will be due no later than TUESDAY November 7th. Minimum 750 words. NO WORKSHOP. Final draft only. You must have a title, an intro, a thesis that states the problem and clear body paragraphs that address your investment in the problem you have defined, and why you feel your chosen issue needs corrected.



RESEARCH PAPER DUE to D2L no later than midnight: FRIDAY DECEMBER 1st

Things to consider when choosing a topic

  • Are you interested in this topic?

         Your research will be less tedious if you are looking for something you have a personal interest in.

  • What exactly is your assignment?
    Check with your instructor and read your assignment carefully to make sure that you are on the right track.
  • Questions that can help clarifying your thoughts:
    • WHY did you choose the topic?  What interests you about it?  Do you have an opinion about the issues involved?
    • WHO is your research about?  Adults? Women? Children? LGBT? Who is affected by the topic?  Do you know of organizations or institutions affiliated with the topic?
    • WHAT are the major questions for this topic? What are the major aspects of the topic? Political? Ethical? Psychological? Are there a range of issues and viewpoints to consider?
    • WHERE is your topic important: at the local, national or international level?  Are there particular areas that the topic is pertinent to this topic? 
    • WHEN did your topic become important?  Is it a current event or an historical issue?  Do you want to discuss your topic in the history context?
  • Is my topic too broad or too narrow?
    • If you get too many hits in the library catalog or in the research databases, then your topic may be too broad.
    • If you get very few or no hits in the library catalog or the research databases, then your topic may be too narrow.