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ENGL 109/110 - College Composition I - 2019: Your Essay

Your Integrated Research Essay

The English 110 Research Guide was designed to help you find the information necessary to build toward the course’s integrated research essay. As a core part of the course, students will examine ONE TOPIC the entire semester. The topic must be contemporary (actively debated) and controversial (more than one-sided). Instructors will help guide students in topic choices.

In this guide you will find resources for:

Explaining the Conflict (Context) What information or background do readers need to understand the conflict or controversy? What are the two main sides? See Reference/Background Sources on the Beyond Google page in this guide for suggested sources.

Examining the Two Main Sides (Comparison) What are the points of agreement/disagreement between the two sides? Which side offers better evidence to support its position? See News and Current Events on the Beyond Google page in this guide for suggested sources.

Assessing the Possible Effects (Consequence) What are the consequences if either side prevails? What happens if there is no resolution? See the Databases page in this guide for ideas. 

Proposing a Solution (Compromise) How and where can the two sides meet to move past the point of conflict? What are possible solutions? See the Databases page in this guide for ideas.

Picking Your Topic IS Research! (3:11)

Finding a Great Research Question (2:58)

The video explains why you want to have a narrow focus and a question about which there is some controversy.


Explore reference and background sources on the next page to get topic ideas.

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