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Prof. Packer - English 101: Getting Started

This guide will enable you to explore the topic, Is Higher Education Worth the Price?

Is Higher Education Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

Your Assignment

This guide will explore the question  "Is Higher Education Worth the Price?" 

You will use one of the readings from Chapter 14 of your text "They Say, I Say"  along with two research articles from Library databases to develop your own focused thesis.  Your thesis will establish a position on the topic in a concise manner.


How To Do Research for an Argumentative Paper

How to do Research for a Persuasive Essay/Paper

STEP 1.   Select a topic. Decide what aspect of the topic you want to specifically focus on and write your research question and/or thesis statement.

STEP 2.   Build a search strategy. Select keywords to use to look for books, e-books, articles.

STEP 3.   Find background/overview information about the issues associated with your topic.
STEP 4.   Explore different viewpoints/sides of the issue. Find examples to support your opinion and to counter the opposing viewpoint.

STEP 5.   Explore other sources of information: primary sources, websites, video.

STEP 6.   Cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.

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In Memoriam

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Beth Seelick
This research guide was created by Professor Beth Seelick (1955-2019).
"A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops." ― Henry B. Adams