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ENGL 1301: Composition & Rhetoric I (Daniels): Getting Started

Summer 2019 | ENGL 1301 | Daniels


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Assignment Summary

Researched Proposal:

Complete a a researched proposal on a current issue or problem. Define your issue and propose a reasonable and feasible solution. Find information on your topic from credible information sources. This guide contains recommendations for sources. Five (5) credible sources are required.

The complete assignment document is linked below and is available in D2L.


Topic Development

Selecting a topic is research! Brainstorm ideas or identify issues of interest to you. Initial research should include overview articles from general sources (a few are recommended in this guide). Mind-mapping related concepts and synonyms or keywords are part of this overview process. This initial work paves the way into focused, in-depth research on the issue.

Managing Your Research

While conducting research you will need to capture the articles and associated citations. Your process will be very individual, but be consistent and choose a tool to help organize your research. Some suggested tools below:

OneDriveOneDrive - Cloud storage from Microsoft Office 365. 1 TB free for Lone Star College students.


EvernoteEvernote - The Basic version is free. Works across all mobile devices. Create notebooks for each course or writing assignment. Be sure to download the Web Clipper as well.

ZoteroZotero - Zotero is a free, open access extension that runs in the Firefox and Chrome browsers that's designed to gather, download, and tag your research. Helpful tutorials.

EasyBibEasyBib - Citation generator that is free for MLA.