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Fall 2016
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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.


Assignment - Paper #2 Prompt

ENGL 101- Paper # 3 Prompt

Rough Draft for Monday class: November 7, Final Draft Due November 16

Friday class: Rough Draft Due November 11; Final Draft Due November 20

Page length: 6-8 pages

 For your final paper in this class, you will research one aspect of the ideology of the American Dream and analyze one primary text (such as a literary work, film, television show, performance, etc.) in which this aspect of the ideology is at play. In this paper, you will provide an argument about how your primary text defines, promotes, contests, challenges and/or problematizes the ideology of the American Dream and explain the contemporary relevance of your text and topic.

 To start this paper, consider the following: What aspects of the American Dream interest you (such as education, home ownership, immigration, citizenship, upward mobility)? What literary or visual text that you’ve read/watched can be related to the American Dream? What do you think this text says about the American Dream? What evidence is in the text (or could be provided by secondary sources) that could help you discuss the text’s perspective on the American Dream?

OPTIONAL: When concluding your paper, you may write about how you personally relate to your topic. Remember that your personal narrative may contribute to your argument but it may not serve as its only evidence. You must use your primary and scholarly/expert sources to substantiate the majority of your argument.


 Your paper should have a strong one to two paragraph introduction that includes:

• a THESIS STATEMENT that articulates an argument about what your primary text says about the ideology of the American Dream,

• a “map” for the rest of your paper,

• a summary of your primary text,

• and a discussion of the aspect of the ideology of the American Dream that you’ve chosen and its contemporary relevance.


 Each of your body paragraphs should:

• focus on one element/theme of the primary text that engages with the ideology of the American Dream,

• begin with an argumentative TOPIC SENTENCE that states the element/theme of the text you’re

analyzing and how it relates to the American Dream,

• include specific evidence (quotations, paraphrase, etc.) from your primary text or secondary texts to support your argument,

• and provide thoughtful analysis of this evidence.


 Your conclusion should not merely restate what you wrote in your introduction. It should close the conversation or invite your reader to further engage with your topic beyond your argument. One way to conclude your argument is to discuss how your personal narrative (or that of someone you know) relates to your topic. You should also incorporate into your conclusion an explanation of why your topic and primary text are worthy of discussion.


Your paper should have at least four (4) entries--your primary source as well as at least three (3) additional sources that help support your overall argument. One of those source may befrom the class syllabus. As has been the case for the past assignments, please remember to follow MLA style when formatting your paper.

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