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Assignment | Social Impact Annotated Bibliography (Pentecost): Getting Started

Spring 2020 | ENGL 1301 (Prof. R. Pentecost)

Warm-Up: Share Your Topic!

Topic, Research Question, Thesis

First, you develop and narrow down your topic -- the general idea of what you're going to be researching. From that, you need to develop your research question, i.e. what is the question you are attempting to answer by doing your research? This, in turn, will form the basis for your paper's thesis (your claim/argument/answer) which you'll explicitly state in your introduction.

From your central topic, you develop your research question(s) to investigate, and then finally develop a thesis statement which answers your chosen question.

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.


Your Goal:
  • 4 credible, evaluated sources
  • 2 peer-reviewed journal articles 
    • All sources published since 2010

Quick Take

What part of research do you find the most difficult?
Picking a topic: 3 votes (10.34%)
Narrowing my topic down: 2 votes (6.9%)
Forming a research question: 3 votes (10.34%)
Finding sources: 3 votes (10.34%)
Picking out good sources: 8 votes (27.59%)
Organizing my information: 3 votes (10.34%)
Writing citations: 2 votes (6.9%)
Writing my paper: 5 votes (17.24%)
Total Votes: 29

Research Process

Research process steps: 1, pick a general direction. 2, do some broad background research. 3, Select a specific topic and start your deeper research. 4, Let your research results guide your thesis and talking points. 5, Assemble your argumetn and evidence into a logical order. 6, Write, re-write, edit, and revise.