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Poverty in Polk County
Brainstorm the causes and effects of poverty in Polk County
- lack of education
- housing market
- food desert/access to healthy food
Newspaper sources: (search for your issue and how it relates to poverty). You can also do a separate search for your organization and the work they do regarding poverty.
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Journals/Magazines: (these are good for getting an overview of your topic)
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Find a Nonprofit Organization
Steps to Writing Research Papers
Step 1: Understand the assignment
Step 2: Select your topic (or use the one assigned to you)
Step 3: Initial planning, investigation, and outlining
Step 4: Accumulate Research
Step 5: Make a final outline to guide writing
Step 6: Write the paper
Step 7: Revise and Proofread