Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG215, Technical Writing. Please use this guide to find resources for your research project. Please contact myself or any BCC Librarian if you have any questions.
When you're writing a research paper, the strength of your argument relies on the evidence you present, so locating reliable and factual sources is key to your success. As researchers publish articles, they are talking to each other. Each author presents their new idea on the back of others' ideas. Your job is to find a way to balance your own thoughts within the context of published ideas.
Start by choosing a topic you are passionate about, then refine it. Brainstorm dimensions of your topic to add specificity and formulate keywords. At this stage, using online sources will help you understand which factors are central to the discussion surrounding your topic, but you will want to think critically about each online source before citing it in your paper. For example, who is the author or publisher? Do they have a bias or agenda? When was the source created, is it timely? Move onto library resources, like databases, if you are uncomfortable deciding whether an online source can be credible.
Alternatives to Wikipedia
Even though the threat of a zombie apocalypse may be considered limited, if not impossible, many credible sources have been created on the topic. Still, to propose real research, you may have to generalize it a bit more - moving from zombies to the prevention of communicable diseases in general.
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