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ENG101: College Writing (Tracey)

Choosing a Topic


Using the sources below can sometimes be a good place to start if you are unsure of what exactly you are going to discuss in your research paper.  For instance, for your assignment, you are looking for information about adversity, social issues, and resilience.  

Maybe you are thinking about mothers and how they can affect their children's lives. 

What kind of information would you need to find?   You might start looking at Pew Research Center where they generate research reports and articles about many social issues.  Head to Pew Research through the link below and search in their search tool for mothers.   I found an article titled "6 facts about U.S. moms".

One statistic stood out for me:   "While most U.S. mothers are married (68%), nearly one-quarter (24%) are solo moms."    What could you infer from this statistic?  Single motherhood is very prevalent in the U.S. and many children grow up without fathers in their lives.  What does that do to children?

This is just one example of how to use the sources below to start your thinking about your topic. 



Use this guide to help you get started in the research process. Use the links located at  the side of this page as well as the tab tops at the top. There is also a quick search bar lcoated in the top right hand corner of the guide. You can search using the drop down menu the library catalog or the databases.

Step 1 is creating your topic or research question!

Detailed description of, "Research Process Diagram"

Writing the Persuasive Essay

Citation and editing