Literature for 12A
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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.
Here is a sample list of heroes to use as a topic. For more ideas, please refer to your Research Guide.
Use an essential question to narrow your topic and develop your paper's thesis. Here is an example of an essential question. For more, refer to your class Research Guide or speak with your instructor.
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!
The databases listed below are FREE to students enrolled in classes at Garfield Campus!
Databases are frequently the best place to begin your research and often have more reliable and authoritative information than what you'll find in Google.
When searching in databases, it's important to use the right keywords or phrases to describe your topic. A keyword is a single word that defines what you are seeking. A phrase is two or more words that define what you are seeking.
Depending on your topic, you can combine keywords and/or phrases to narrow or broaden your search. Here is an example related to your assignment using different modern-day heroes as a main topic.
"Al Gore" AND "Inconvenient Truth"
Begin your research by exploring the databases below and see where they lead you!
For your topic, you may want to search a variety of databases. A subject database, such as Gale U.S. History in Context, can help you find an overview of your topic plus images and primary sources. An article database, such as ProQuest, can help you find newspaper, magazine, and journal articles that provide a contemporary perspective on modern-day heroes.
To find articles in this database, enter your keywords in the Advance Search boxes. You may have to expand your search to "All Text" in order to find articles. To do this, change the selection in the drop-down menu to the right of the search box(es) from "Select A Field" to "TX All Text."
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