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ENGWR 300 (Gary)

ENGWR 300 (Gary)


Approaching Your Assignment

Welcome to the LibGuide for Professor Gary's ENGWR 300 class.  This guide will help you with library research for your essay #3 examining social inequality. 

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Your assignment for Essay #3

  • Research and explain one aspect of social inequality. For example, you could examine inequalities in health care or education, work or other economic insecurity, or inequality caused by structural racism. 

    Some possible topics to consider are these:

    1. The recent and proposed Voting Rights amendments that various states have undertaken since the November 2020 election: Many of the proposed changes are designed to make it more difficult to vote--changes that tend to impact people of color more than whites.
    2. Educational inequities brought on or exacerbated by the school closures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
    3. Health inequities: The pandemic and the access (or lack thereof) to a Covid-19 vaccine have only highlighted the vast differences in health outcomes divided along race and class lines.
    4. Housing inequities: There is so much in this topic--everything from access to affordable, safe housing to homelessness.
    5. Economic inequities: Again, this is a topic that needs to be narrowed. You might consider the need for a higher minimum wage, or how the recently passed stimulus bill includes an monthly allowance for children which is expected to cut child poverty in half.
    6. These are just a few possibilities. I will be happy to discuss other possible ways for you to narrow this topic for your own essay.
  • Connect your findings to what we are witnessing (and many of us are experiencing) in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.
  • Reflect on how your views have changed or developed in light of this research. What will you do now that you know what you know? Is there a solution that you can offer? Argue for that solution.
  • Be sure you address important opposing arguments in order to strengthen your argument.

(NOTE: You are not required to do the items on the above bulleted list in this exact order.)

The essay should be 6-7 pages long (1800-2100 words), typed and double-spaced. Your Works Cited page is not included in the page or word count. You should incorporate the work of at least six sources. Don’t forget that the library databases are still available to you online, even though the campus is closed. The articles in your textbook count as sources, too. Follow the MLA format, including a Works Cited page with your essay, and using in-text citations when you quote, paraphrase, or summarize a source.


How the library can help

Even though the campus is closed, the library is still accessible.  You can reach a librarian via the yellow chat widget found on all of the library pages: The chat button is also on these guide pages. If you use chat during "regular" business hours (7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Mon-Th, 7:30 - 5 on Fridays and 9 - 3 on Saturdays), you will connect with an SCC librarian.  Any other time 24/7, you will reach a librarian in our global network who is available to help our SCC students.  If you're up late at night, there's a good chance you'll get a librarian in the UK.  

This guide will lead you to resources within our library.  You will be able to use our databases at any time day or night.  By using the SCC databases, you have the lovely opportunity to have your work cited for you in the MLA format that is required for this class.

You can pretty much trust the resources provided to you on our site.  I have also added a guide for effectively searching the internet for credible sources using Google and how to evaluate if a source is, indeed, reliable.