What Should I Do?
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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.
Try searching in one of these next!
Search Polk State College's library resources here:
Tip 1 - When searching, you will get better results using key words or synonyms instead of full sentences.
Tip 2 - Keep track of where the information you might use is coming from. Start creating a working works cited document in Word, even if it only includes permalinks.
Tip 3 - Use the library's databases when possible, emailing articles to yourself and copying the database generated citations as you go. This will save you a lot of work later!
What "Assignments" to Turn in Related to this Project and Their Main Highlights:
1. Working Outine - Including your thesis
2. Research proposal:
3. Annotated Bibliography - Include at least 5 sources:
4. Research project
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 :-)
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!
*Still have no idea what (general) topic to choose?
*Remember to get your selected topic approved by Professor Siler.