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Topic: Civil Rights Activist
Preferably, Rosa Parks
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REV. 5/16 LL254 Composition and Research Portfolio Research Essay Information Literacy Form 1: Developing a Topic SS# (Last Four Digits):__________________________________ Date: ___________ Each question is worth 20 points. All responses must be entered in keyboard format. 1. Choose a general topic from the list of research essay topics your instructor provided (For example: “First Ladies”). ________________________________________________________________________ 2. List as many questions as possible that you have about this general topic: at least 8-10 (For example: Who are some of the most influential first wives in U.S. History?) ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 3. List possible sub-topics (For example: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt) ● ● ● Source: Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Developing Research & Communication Skills. Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum. Philadelphia: MSCE, 2003. -1- REV. 5/16 ● 4. Based on your questions and potential list of subtopics, list possible key word combinations you will use to conduct your search for useful information on your general topic. List a minimum of three key word combinations (For example: “Michelle Obama”education, “Michelle Obama” healthcare) ● ● ● 5. Use the information you have found to create a preliminary three part thesis that you would like to focus on in your research essay. (For example: Sub-Topic: Michelle Obama; Preliminary thesis points: inspiration as a leader for women, influence on fashion, impact on wellness) Sub-Topic:__________________________________________________ Preliminary Thesis Points: _____________________ , ________________________, ___________________________ Source: Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Developing Research & Communication Skills. Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum. Philadelphia: MSCE, 2003. -2-
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