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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 Poturica - ENG 100 - Spring 2017

Your Assignment

  • A 2,500 word research paper
  • Identify a local food-related problem
  • Describe the problem
  • Develop a possible solution
  • Use 5 credible sources. At least two of these sources must be primary sources, and at least two of them must be a secondary sources.
  • MLA format
  • Bibliography and description of your local food problem and proposed solution due April 20

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

  • A city, county, or geographic area can be combined with:
    • 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 

            Talk to a Librarian

            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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