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?
- What format?
Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.
Students Taking Actions to Solve Problems
Section Three: Make Them Aware. Make Them Care. After conducting your initial library and internet research, write approximately two pages answering the following questions: 1) What is the evidence that the problem exists? 2) What is the evidence that the problem is serious? 3) What do experts believe the consequences will be if the problem is not solved? 4) How does this problem affect you – either directly or indirectly? 5) How does this problem affect other Cerritos College students – either directly or indirectly? Due: Thursday, April 6
Section Four: What Are the Causes of the Problem? Citing authoritative sources on this subject, write approximately two pages answering these questions: 1) What are the major causes that are directly and primarily responsible for creating the problem? 2) What are the minor causes that contribute to the problem? 3) Going beyond the physical causes, what are its psychological causes? That is, what are the mental decisions people made that contributed to causing the problem? 4) What attitudes or beliefs – if any – do Cerritos College students need to change before they can stop contributing to the causes of the problem? Due: Thursday, April 20
Research Basics - Step by Step
Breaking Down The Research Process
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.
- Choose a topic - or have one assigned
- Understand your topic
- Refine your topic
- Consider a main focus
- Background reading
- Search Sources
- Write your paper – Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
- Cite Your Sources