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Food - The Issues

The documentary film Food, Inc. sheds light on America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights.


What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Professor Vanciu - ENG 100 - Summer 2016

Your Assignment

  • An argumentative research paper on a topic related to the food industry.
  • Write a 750 word prospectus.
    • Choose topic and set out to explore and define it by providing statistics, examples and anecdotes. Due week of the 11th.
  • Create a 750 word annotated works cited.
    • Gather sources to use in support of your stance on the issue as well as opposing viewpoint. Due week of the 18th.
  • MLA citation and works cited formatting. 

Both assignments are being written in preparation for the final 2,500 work research paper due at the end of the course.

Identify the key words that best describe your problem, for example:

    • school lunch programs and children's health
    • natural foods and affordability
    • fast food restaurants and nutrition
    • food regulation and government
    • convenience stores
    • factory farming and animal rights
    • climate change and local fishing
    • overfishing and salmon
    • sustainable seafood
    • local food production and cost
    • fad diets and eating disorders
    • energy drinks and teenagers and advertising
    • veganism and nutrition
    • GMO or engineered foods vs. organic farming
    • diet and heart disease
    • overwieght or obese children and fast food and diabetes
    • sugar and hyperactivity

Use the tabs above on this research guide or select a guide from the list in the right column. Search a variety of databases to find sources.


Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
    • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources

            Controversial Issue Paper

            image of scaleWriting an argumenative paper on a controversial issue requires that you look at both sides of an issue and take a position on one side or the other.  You not only take a stand on an issue, but you must defend it against opposing points of view.  Therefore, your argumentative research paper will involve advocacy and persuasion. 

            What to do:

            • Select your topic
            • Research the issues surrounding the topic
            • Read other writers’ arguments for and against
            • Take a stand
            • Present supporting evidence in favor of your position
            • Defend your position against opposing points of view
            • Anticipate and deflect arguments against your position
            • Make your case persuasively 

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            Need Help 

            The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

            Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
            (562) 860-2451 x2425


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