ENG 101 - How Americans View Academics and Intelligence (Settle)
1. Getting Started
First Things First - Assignment Requirements
Before you begin work on any research paper, examine the assignment closely for any requirements.
Q. How long is the paper?
Your paper should be 4-5 pages, minimum.
Q. How many sources?
You will need to use at least 5 secondary source.
Q. What kind of sources?
Choose quality, credible articles or books from the Library's databases or articles from reputable internet sites. You also will need a visual element that is instructive in nature (not just an illustration) such as graphs, charts, or infographics.
Q. How do you cite sources?
Your instructor requires you to use MLA format for your citations. You may want to remind yourself what information you need to create the MLA Works Cited page and in-text citations. Be sure to cite your visual element according to your instructor's instructions.
How long do you have to work on this paper or project? Is there one due date for everything or are there multiple due dates for different parts of the assignment? Plan out your time, so you don't get stuck doing all the work at the last minute. Plan extra time in case you have problems or get stuck.
Selecting Your Topic
You will be selecting one of two essays, "How America Turned Against Smart Kids," or "Finland's School Success." Then, you will do research to defend or refute the author's argument.