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Welcome! This research guide was created for students in Professor Jofre's Writing and Research class.
You have been assigned a research project that requires locating sources about a topic of your choice for your:
- Annotated Bibliography
- Research Paper
This guide is a customized resource for this particular course and assignment. If you have any questions or trouble, feel free to contact your librarian in person, via email or through the library's virtual services.
- The Library has a collection of physical books searchable from the Library Catalog and shelved on the 1st-3rd floors of the building ordered by the Library of Congress system.
- A special collection of Reserve Textbooks, including your textbook, is available for 2-hour loan at the Circulation Desk.
Your Student ID is your Library Card.
You also have access to thousands of electronic articles and e-books through our subscription databases. Your MyWCC ID is your Password to these resources both on- and off-campus.
Sources for Your Research
1.) Pick a topic and propose a thesis to create your research question. Ask yourself:
- What do you already know about this topic?
- What do you wish to discover?
- Significance: Why is this topic important enough to study? (So what?, Who cares?)
2.) Locate an introductory, "Starter Source". We are going to look at a few suggested starter sources:
- A Film Documentary Source
- TED Talks
- Films on Demand
- A Controversial Issues Topic Page
- The New York Times or other major Journalistic coverage.
- If you get stuck, you can also ask your teacher or a librarian, who might know of recent research, controversies, or the name of an expert/ organization studying this issue.
- Note that experts may be authors OR they may be people referenced or interviewed in articles you find.
- Learn to look for clues and breadcrumbs to further, more in-depth research!