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ENGL 100 Mangin (Spring 2020)

Guide supports the BTWAM Essay and the Research Essay for Sarah Mangin's ENGL 100/105 classes.

Tips for Research Questions

* Eliminate vague/ambiguous terminology

* Add new concepts to narrow and focus your question appropriately (you may want to ask who, what, where, when, why/ help with this)

* Avoid asking research questions that lead to simple "yes" or "no" answers

* Avoid asking research questions that lead to summaries describing one perspective.

* Ask research questions that require analysis and thought. The answer to your research question should require you to make an assessment based on what you've learned.

* Your question should ask or imply questions such as why, should, how, to what extent does, etc.

What is "annotated bibliography"

A simple descriptive or informative annotated bibliography

  • describes why the source is useful for researching a particular topic or question
  • presents the main arguments or conclusions, or summarizes the content
  • points out the sources distinctive (and relevant to the assignment) features

NOTE: the links below will show you examples of annotations at a more advanced level. Follow your professor's directions for what information should be included in your annotations.


What is a "scholarly article" ?


The videos below review advanced search techniques that will help you focus your searches so they are more effective.

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