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Current Issues Research; ENC1102, Prof. Siler: Current Issues Research Project
Choose a topic, discussed in the CQ Researcher library database, of current national or global importance. Hint: You can use the "browse topics" option near the top of the database if you are unsure what you would like to research.
You may choose from any CQ Researcher article appearing between 2014 and now - except you may NOT choose: abortion, capital punishment, gun control, hazing, serial killers, cosmetic surgery, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, or the search for extra-terrestrials.
Use the CQ Researcher article to gather a strong foundation in the topic. Then, formulate a question to help you narrow the focus of your research.
Find a variety of other sources that discuss the various points associated with your issue. Use the techniques you learned while researching for Paper #1 & Paper #2. Your sources must include:
1 CQ Researcher article (2014 or later)
2 sources from periodicals--magazines, journals, or newspapers, obtained from print, an online version of a source, or through PCC library’s electronic databases
1 source that originally came from a book - Opposing Viewpoints database is great for these AND the library's catalog has thousands of ebooks you can access from home
1 relevant website
Gif from Giphy, created by James Pierchod
Current Issues - Sample Outline
Prof Siler - Sample Outline
A model outline that is well on its way toward becoming a research paper. Contains a wealth of material that has been mined from the students' notes, so your outlines will not be this elaborate when you submit them to the Working Outline dropbox, but you can use the flexibility of word processing to build your paper as this student did.
Current Issues Assignment PDFs
View or download PDF versions of the Current Issues Research Assignment below. For due dates, check the calendar or assignment area in your Canvas course.
Begin by selecting an approved topic in the CQ Researcher database.
NOTE: The library has begun shifting to Single Sign On (SSO) access with Open Athens. By March 2021, you will be able to access all library resources using your login information for Passport. Until then, you may still need to use your student ID as the Borrower ID and the last four digits of your ID as the PIN.
CQ Researcher Plus ArchiveProvides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day, written by professional journalists. Explores a single "hot" issue each week, ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, and science. Includes charts, graphs and sidebar articles. Full length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Try searching in one of these next!
Academic OneFileIncludes coverage on a broad range of subjects, including the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, and literature.
Academic Search CompleteFull-text database, with a little bit on just about any topic. This database also features PDF content going back as far as 1865.
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextContextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
Global Issues in ContextGlobal Issues in Context ties together a variety of sources to present a rich analysis of issues – social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, cultural – and headlines in world hot spots. It offers global perspectives on issues of international importance.
Minimum of 2 in-text citations in each paragraph (other than the introduction and conclusion).
You must also make use of recent statistics at least twice within your paper.
5. TLCC Extra Credit!
Note: Consult the PDFs on the left and your modules and assignments pages in Canvas for full details on these assignments, as well as the grading rubrics :-)
Selecting a Topic
As you may already have discovered this is often the hardest step in the research paper writing process. It is also a very important step. If you choose a topic that is very broad - "Poverty" - you will be overwhelmed with information and you will have difficulty organizing your ideas and findings into a manageable, cohesive paper. If you choose a topic that is very narrow - "Gifted Children Living in Poverty Benefit From Having Pet Fish" - obviously, you will have trouble finding enough sources to support your paper. Take time to focus your topic.
If you can, try to choose a topic that truly interests you. Thankfully, controversial topics (like those in CQ Researcher) are often the most interesting topics!
Not finding enough sources?
You may need to use different search terms/databases
*Still have no idea what (general) topic to choose?