What Do You Know?
You probably already know a little something about the topic you chose, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper and/or make a good argument.
- What do I know?
- What can I find out?
Reference resources help you find out more!
Library Research Guides lead you to the best resources to use when searching for information on your topic.
Always check to see if there's a Research Guide on your topic.
The Concept Essay
Write an essay about a concept of your choice. When you have a good understanding of the concept you have chosen, explain it to your readers, considering carefully what they might already know about it and how your essay might add to what they know.
- Three outside sources
- You may use the following:
- academic journals
- authoritative web sites from institutions trusted by academics (typically .gov, .edu, and .org)
- movies, television shows
- You are not allowed to use encyclopedias, dictionaries, magazines, or Wikipedia
- MLA style
What is a concept?
- An abstract idea; a general notion
- Something conceived in the mind
Define and learn about your concept
Once you have chosen a concept, use general reference sources to better understand it and get background information. Reference sources are a good starting point for your research because they help you become better acquainted with your topic.
See the lists below for some selected reference sources available online
Selected Library Reference Sources - Online
Below are some of the library's online resources that can help you get some background information on your topic. These resources are available on and off campus but require a login for off-campus use. Enter your Cerritos College ID and password when prompted. For more login information see the Database Login page.