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ENG152 Fall 2022 (Wolf): Home

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Pre-Research

Pre-Research

  • Further explore a topic to see if enough information about a topic exists
  • Helps you refine your topic or help you find a new aspect of it to explore

A library database like Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to start. Their Browse Issues feature lists hundred of topics to explore. For each topic, you'll find a summary, as well as a list of numerous sources in various formats.

Start by reading the summary to gather keywords that look interesting to you.

I chose Standardized Testing. These are just a few of the keywords I found:

  • admissions
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • Nation's Report Card
  • No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
  • accountability
  • bias
  • anxiety

The Research Process

Sample Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement

Standardized tests cause anxiety for students and should not be considered an accurate indicator of academic achievement.

Keywords

Types of keywords:

  • Related: synonyms like fear (for anxiety)
  • Broad: more general categories like mental health (for anxiety)
  • Narrow: specific examples like SAT (for standardized test)

Let's brainstorm some keywords that we can use to find sources to support our argument.

  1. Use Google to search our main ideas.
  2. Go to this Padlet.
  3. Add the keywords you find.

Search Tools

  • Broad Google search for popular sources
  • Education-specific websites like the Dept. of Education for statistics
  • Library databases for popular and scholarly sources
  • Library catalog for background information

Quick Links

Research Worksheet

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Research Tip: If you're researching the topic videogame violence as discussed in the video, a site like this one from Statista would be great to supplement your research.

ENG 152 Information Literacy Objectives

Information Literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals. Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. In this session, you will learn how to:

  1. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources.
  2. Construct effective database searches.

These skills will help you find quality, appropriate resources for your research assignments.