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ENGWR 300 (White): Reparations

ENGWR 300 (White): Reparations


Know Your Assignment

Welcome to the research guide for Alex White's College Composition class. This guide will provide information on searching books, databases and web sites to help you define your topic. Added bonus: most of the library databases will provide the required MLA citation for your source.

Note: There are assignment options not listed here. Please ask your professor if you have questions about your assignment.

Your project: Final Research Essay | 7-10 pages | MLA Format (including annotated bibliography)

Your final research project will be an expository style essay on one of the below subtopics of AB3121 Reparations Task Force Legislation.

The Bill addresses some causes & effects of historical and current injustices faced by African-Americans, including:

  • The trans-Atlantic slave trade
  • American Chattel Slavery  (de facto in California)
  • Sharecropping (de facto in California)
  • Convict Leasing
  • Jim Crow (de facto in California)
  • Redlining
  • Police Brutality Against African Americans
  • Mass Incarceration
  • African American Income & Education Gap

For this essay you will be asked to further break down the causes & effects of your subtopic by discussing it in a problem/solution format.

The problem in this case will be your subtopic, your solution strategy may or may not include reparations, or may include reparations along with other suggestions.

Perhaps, reparations alone will not fix deeper institutional problems. Or perhaps reparations will only deepen racial divisions. 

Please use at least 6 outside sources for this essay. Each paragraph should have 1-3 in-text citations embedded within it in MLA format.  All sources must be scholarly and credible. Consider using multiple types of sources like:

  • podcasts
  • films/documentaries
  • interviews
  • case studies

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.  Most of the library's sources include a citation in the MLA format that is required for this class.

Library resources tend to be reliable sources of information. This guide also includes tips for effectively searching the internet for credible sources using Google and how to evaluate if a source is, indeed, reliable.