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Fall 2014
(8/18 -12/16)

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A Short Guide to Research

  1. First, review your assignment thoroughly and choose a topic.
  2. Next, start gathering information right away - don't procrastinate!
  3. Begin by navigating to the Miramar College home page.
  4. Find background information in print bookseBooks and Reference databases.
  5. As you read about your topic, increase your searching power by jotting down keywords and their synonyms, names of people, places and events.
  6. Add more specific or up-to-date information by searching the library databases. (Log on with your your Miramar ID and last name to research when off campus.)
  7. Email a librarian or stop by for after-hours help with research, citations, library policies, and more.


Your Assignment

Essay 4:  Original Research
In your final paper, you’ll get to explore a topic on your own, using outside sources to augment something that got you thinking this semester. This is the place to show your research and critical thinking skills, as well as your mastery of the MLA documentation format!

Nuts and Bolts
  • Informative or argumentative
  • 6-8 pages, double-spaced, typed
  • Fulfills and develops the promise you made in your research proposal
  • Relies on credible outside sources to develop its points
  • Uses a formal tone (no I, me, we, you, opinions, slang, personal interjections, etc.)
  • Uses MLA 2009 guidelines to cite sources "in-text" (in your essay)
  • Includes a Works Cited with 6-8 sources in MLA 2009 format


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Here are some lists of topics from the library's databases. (From off campus, log on with your student ID and last name.)

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