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ENG101.A19: College Writing (Anderson): Where do I begin?

Web links to get you started

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 topics related to The Hate U Give.

Maybe you are thinking about white privilege and how that affects minorities. 

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 "Most black adults say race is central to their identity and feel connected to a broader black community"

One statistic stood out for me:   "About three-quarters of black adults say that being black is extremely (52%) or very (22%) important to how they think about themselves, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey."    What could you infer from this statistic?   You can see that community is really important in the book, Starr's parents love their neighborhood but can see the problems there and want to protect their children.  Maybe this is an idea for your paper?

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!

Tutorial - Picking Your Topic & The Research Process

Citation and editing

How Do I Find Relevant Sources