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READ 105 - Analytical Reading Library Research Project: Step 1: Read your Assignment

A step-by-step guide to completing your Library Research Project for Analytical Reading.

Introduction and General Directions

Read these directions carefully before you find your articles. Why? To understand which articles will be best. What will best look like? Articles that are:

  1. relevant [on topic],
  2. current [published recently enough to address the issue as it exists now]
  3. authoritative,
  4. contain enough facts and points of view to satisfy the task requirements.

More about evaluating sources.

The purpose of this assignment is to synthesize the skills you have learned this semester and to show mastery of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) as delineated in our Course Outline. Specifically, students will show evidence of proficiency of the skills below.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of research skills by using the college’s library database.
  2. Apply reading strategies (such as highlighting, annotating, determining the thesis of an article, paraphrasing, and summarizing) and demonstrate comprehension of articles to gain a broader understanding of contemporary concerns of American society.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to identify and respond to author’s viewpoints, worldview, and tone and distinguish facts from opinions.
  4. Evaluate the credibility and reliability of sources.
  5. Use the information learned from the research to write an original thesis that is supported with evidence from the researched articles. 

General Directions

  1. Find two recent articles about your topic using the Westchester Community College subscription database. 
  2. Preview each article to be sure that it is relevant to your topic.
  3. Read and annotate each article. 
  4.  An annotated copy of each article must be included when you submit your project.
  5.  Follow the assignment outline below to complete this project.

Assignment Outline

Use complete sentences to answer the questions.
Be sure to identify which article you are discussing in each part of this assignment.

I.  Response prior to research

     After you have chosen the question that you would like to research, but before you begin your research, decide how you feel and what you think about the question.  Write a well-developed paragraph in which you explain your original ideas about the topic. You paragraph should start with a main idea sentence and should contain three reasons for your opinion.  This part of the project will be collected before you begin your research. 

  II.   Style of Writing

         A . Identify the style of writing for your first article and explain your answer.
         B.   Identify the style of writing for your second article and explain your answer.

III.  Patterns of Organization

         A.  Identify the major pattern of organization of your first article and explain your answer.  Include a definition of the pattern and at least       one specific example.
         B.   Identify the major pattern of organization of your second article and explain your answer.  Include a definition of the pattern and at least one specific example.

IV.   Facts

  1. Quote two (2) facts from the first article using proper MLA in-line citation format.   Explain why you have chosen this information as a fact.
  2. Quote two (2) facts from the second article using proper MLA in-line citation format. Explain why you have chosen this information as a fact.

V.   Opinions

  1. Quote two (2) opinions from the first article using proper MLA in-line citation format. Explain why you have chosen this information as an opinion.
  2. Quote two (2) opinions from the second article using proper MLA in-line citation format. Explain why you have chosen this information as an opinion.

VI.   Outlining

  1. Write a brief outline for your first article that includes the topic, main idea, and major details that you will include in your summary.
  2. Write a brief outline for your second article that includes the topic, main idea, and major details that you will include in your summary.

VII. Summarizing

  1. Use your outline of the first article as the basis to write one well-written summary paragraph about this article.Your summary should demonstrate understanding of the author’s point of view and tone.
  2. Use your outline of the second article as the basis to write one well-written summary paragraph about this article. Your summary should demonstrate understanding of the author’s point of view and tone.

VIII. Response to the Question

Develop a clear, specific thesis statement that answers the research question that you have chosen. Explain if your thesis is similar or different to your original thoughts about the topic.  Then support your thesis statement with explanations and evidence that you have learned from the articles you used for research.  Your response should be written in two or three well developed paragraphs and reflect a clear understanding of the topic.  Be sure to refer to each of the articles as you explain how you have reached your conclusion.

IX.   Works Cited Page

The last page of your project should contain a list of works cited for the two articles you have read.  Obtain a Citation Format Guide from the library webpage.  Follow the format used for citing electronic sources from the MLA Citation Format Guide.  Pay close attention to the section on URLs.

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