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ENGWR 300+ - Professor Blackthorne (Summer 2019): Identify Problem

500-word research paper

Find (or develop) a socially relevant and importat problem topic

The below databases are a great place to help you decide on a topic to research, or begin your research if you have one in mind.

When searching these databases, use simple keywords

For example:

Sample problem: Population

Sample Searches:  

  • overpopulation
  • population growth

To access these databases from off-campus, you will need to login with your eServices username (w+student ID) and password.

CQ Researcher

Go to “Browse Topics” to get ideas for controversial topics OR

Use the search box to find information on a topic you have in mind.

Remember to use simple keywords (using 1-4 keywords maximum).

Email the article and citation to yourself:

  1. Click on the title of the article to access it List of search results in CQ Researcher
  2. From the menu on the right click "Cite Now!"
  3. Select MLA from the list of citation styles citation options in CQ Researcher
  4. Select the citation, right click and copyhighlight citation and copy
  5. Click on email in the menu
  6. Right click and paste the citation into the message field of the email formpaste the citation into the email in CQ Researcher
  7. Enter your email address in both email fields and click send e-mail

Opposing Viewpoints

Go to "Browse Issues" to get ideas for controversial topics OR

Use the search box to find information on a topic you have in mind.

Remember to use simple keywords (using 1-4 keywords maximum).

Email the article and citation to yourself:

  1. Cick on the title of the article to access it
  2. From the Tools menu on the right click Citation Toolscitation tools, Gale
  3. Click Select then right click and copy citation
  4. Close the Citation box, and click on E-Mail in the menu
  5. Right click and paste the citation into the message field of the email form
  6. Enter your email address in both email fields and click send