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ENG 101 - "Greatest Generation" (Garber)

This guide provides research advice, searching tips, and recommended resources for Ms. Garber's "greatest generation" argument paper.

1. Getting Started

Exclamation PointFirst Things First - Assignment Requirements

Before you begin work on any research paper, examine the assignment closely to familiarize yourself with the requirements. Make note of any and all requirements on the assignment sheet, and ask your instructor for clarification on any parts you're not sure about. Some things to think about are:

  • How long is the paper? 
  • How many sources?
  • What kind of sources?
  • How do you cite sources?
  • What is due?
  • When is it due?

Selecting a Topic

The first thing you need to do before you begin a research paper is to select the generation that you're going to write about.

Topic: Which generation do you think actually deserves the label of greatest? Why or why not? Use factual evidence to make your case.

Possible generations to choose:

  • Swing Generation (born roughly 1933-1945)
  • Baby Boomers (born roughly 1946-1964)
  • Generation X (born roughly 1965-1976)
  • Millennials (born roughly 1977-1994)
  • iGeneration (born roughly mid 1990s to present)

To start out with, you may have an idea which generation you want to write about, and you should consider which generations you're most interested in; however, we strongly encourage you to do a little research about each generation before totally committing to one to write about. Remember, you need to have sources and evidence to support your case that your chosen generation is the greatest.  On the next page (2. Explore Your Topic), we'll get started looking at each generation.