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ENG101: College Writing (Tinberg): Home


Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG101, College Writing.  Please use this guide to find resources for your Major Assignment #2.  Please contact a BCC Librarian if you have questions.

What is a Big Question?

In the context of your assignment, a Big Question will lead you on a path of inquiry. These questions are not general- but they are big.

From your assignment: The objective in developing this inquiry-based research essay is not, perhaps, like other research essays with which you may be familiar. In an inquiry-based essay, the development of a research question (such as, “Where do good ideas come from?” or, more provocatively, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”) is the cornerstone of the essay, providing a guideline for you to follow your research wherever the information takes you. You are investigating and possibly raising additional questions rather than providing a definitive answer or arguing for one side or another. Therefore, the careful formulation of a solid research question about your topic is crucial to ensure your inquiry will be effective.

Once your research question is finalized, you will conduct extensive inquiry into the potential implications and significance of your research question. You will seek connections between the information you discover during your research and the potential significance to your topic, identified audiences, and further inquiry. Your thorough research of multiple sources, and full analysis of your findings, will be the foundation from which you develop your essay. Your sources should be used as evidence to support, contradict, or expand on your ideas, and your essay must include extensive analysis around the question you explore.