You are to research and take a position on a popular/authoritative message on one social, environmental or scholarly issue.
This page is to help you locate resources for your annotated bibliography (FIFETEEN sources) and Essay (TEN sources.)
What do you need?
- FIFTEETEN sources
- THREE must be scholarly
- TEN sources must be credible
- No more that three from social or popular media sites
- MLA citation style
- Annotated bibiography
Researching an issue can be come overwhelming in several ways.
- There is a lot of emotion which can obscure the facts and scholarly discussion, especially when discussing religion, politics or patriotism.
- Statistics can be misused and selectively interpreted which alters the meaning of the numbers.
- People, otherwise well-known and respected, can misspeak or be misquoted.
- Issues can turn out to be much larger than they appear at first glance.
So how do you deal with the emotional fog and the size of your issue?
First, take a deep breath.
Second, find out about your issue and make sure you know that you are aware of all sides and arguments. The American population is bombarded with so many messages each day, it becomes necessary to filter what comes at you just to protect your wellbeing... Places to get some idea of your issue should be from relatively non-biased sources, such as National Public Radio, the database CQ Researcher, or the Pew Research Center.
Then, ask yourself, what part of the issue is the part you want to discuss? It is not a good idea to take on the entire issue, such as genetically modified food (GMF), but what is a smaller piece that you can look at? Keep in mind you are considering an issue that can be solved (such as access to sufficient food.) Some aspects of this one issue to consider are: Health effects? Costs for the small farm? Environmental impact? Equal access? Even these are big, but begin to narrow the topic to something you can manage in a paper.
The tabs on this page are to help you in locating these sources and proper citation format. If you need more help, do not hesitate to contact the librarian!
Last Update: August 12, 2014 11:07