Research Assignments (ENG 100 - Rohde)

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Use this guide for help with your "I" Search Essay Topic Selection and Early Research Assignment (mini annotated bibliography) as well as your Gaps in Reading and Research Assignment. It links to quality library sources and ways to get in touch with your online Librarian Stephanie E. Villamor.

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Primary source: A primary source is an original source or first-hand account written or created at the time the source is being talked about. For example, a speech, letter, or newspaper article about a historical event that took place during that event, would be a primary source. An original research or scientific study to learn about how something works would be a primary source.

Secondary source: A secondary source takes place after an original event or comments on a primary source. For example, a newspaper article about the aftermath of a historical event 50 years later would be a secondary source. An essay commenting on a famous book published in the past would be a secondary source. A research study that analyzes other prior research studies would be a secondary source.

Scholarly: These are sources written by scholars who are experts in the field. A magazine or newspaper article is typically written by journalists who are not experts in every subject they write about. An academic journal article is written by a scholar who has studied their subject and may have advanced degrees in that area. Find scholarly sources in ProQuest and EBSCO by limiting your results to "peer reviewed" (which means it was reviewed by other scholar peers after being written by the scholar).

Reference source: These are encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. Reference sources provide basic, background information. Try an online encyclopedia collection such as Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Counter-argument or alternative view source: These are sources that offer a different viewpoint from the one you are arguing. Or if your paper doesn't make an argument, it might just be a source that provides a perspective different from your own. Try Opposing Viewpoints, or select an article from any database that talks about your topic in a different way.


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