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ENG 102 - Composition II - General Research Guide

Brief guide to learning and writing from sources


The point of most college research paper assignments is NOT to report a collection of facts, quotes and other bits of information on a topic that you happened across in your reading:

RATHER, the point is to raise a question about a topic, and to use what you learn about the topic to answer that question.

As you move from a broad topic to a narrowed topic, to a research question and to a refined thesis statement you will be able to more easily search for useful expert sources and to write a better paper.


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