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This research guide gives tips and links to help you search for quality academic sources.


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This research guide provides links to library databases and tips on how to search for information on proposing a solution to a problem. Tools are included for: periodical articles, eBooks, newspapers, and academically respectable reference sources. There is also a box dedicated to MLA citation.


Research Paper :


Isolate a problem you have had that needs a solution. Prove that the problem exists through your personal experience and research. Below is a brief list of potential topics:

  • SAC or ACC
  • a current or former employer
  • a restaurant or eating establishment
  • a product
  • an entertainment establishment
  • the current or former place you’ve lived
  • getting out/avoiding financial debt
  • quitting smoking
  • losing weight/staying healthy
  • video game addiction
  • procrastination

2. Develop a sophisticated solution that is practical and can result in meaningful change, containing the following:

  • Step-by-step actions that need to be taken or that you have performed toward the solution
  • An estimate of the resources—money, people, training, materials—for the solution
  • An estimated time of completion of the solution
  • Obstacles or difficulties with the solution

3. Provide supporting evidence in the form of direct quotes and paraphrases from at least FIVE sources, either traditional or online (at least 1 background source and 1 journal source). All of your sources must be approved by the professor.

4. Compose a 1,000-1,200 word essay in which you develop proof of the problem and the solution.

5. Submit prewriting, one rough draft, and copies of your sources.

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