Literature for English 10A
Library Resources for Your English 10A Research Project
The databases featured on this page will help you find credible, authoritative information about a social issue. All of these sources are FREE to registered GCC students in the high school programs!
Select from the menu on the left to find out more about how to use academic sources responsibly and how to cite your sources using MLA format.
One way to come up with a topic is to do background research. This includes reading encyclopedia articles to learn more about a broad subject. Once you know more about the subject, you can make connections between topics and sub-topics. Then write a short summary of what you have learned from your background research.
It helps to think of your main topic as a starting point for your research, not a destination.
Choose a social issue to research. Here are a few topics you might want to explore:
For a full list, please see your Study Guide. Feel free to ask your instructor about choosing a slightly different topic.
Use an essential question to narrow your topic and develop your paper's thesis. Here are some examples of essential questions. For more, refer to your class Research Guide.
Your Works Cited Page
You'll be using MLA format to cite each of the sources used in your paper. MLA format has two primary functions:
MLA also provides guidelines on formatting your paper, from what to include on your cover page, where to place your page numbers, what size font you should use, and more!
The websites below offer detailed information on how to use MLA. And you're always welcome to ask a GCC librarian for help with MLA - or anything else!
Human trafficking AND causes
Human trafficking AND prevention
CQ Researcher, Issues and Controversies, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context offer opinion essays plus statistics, images, articles, and in some cases, primary sources. Students can use these to gather information that will help them understand both sides of social and political issues and other controversial topics.
These databases, which all GCC students have free access to, let you either enter your topic into the search box or browse the issues to find related topics and material. Click on one of the screenshots below to access a database now.
To view Kanopy videos, first click on the video above to open the GCC Sign-In portal. Once you have signed in using your Canvas username and password, Kanopy will open. To view videos, you can create a Kanopy account using your GCC student email address. Click on the red "Log In To Glendale" button. Clicking on the video image above will open the database log in page. After logging in, Kanopy will open. Once you have created your account, you can search for the video by title and view it or save it to watch later.
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