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Composition 1 - Melbourne - ENC 1101
A guide for Composition I Students at Eastern Florida State College- Melbourne campus.
The first step when planning and writing a research paper is picking a good topic. A good topic is relevant to the assignment and has enough information available for you to use. If you have a choice, choose a subject that you are interested in. Developing a viable research topic requires some critical thinking skills. Save yourself time by using Module 2 in the Basic Information Literacy Tutorial (BILT). In addition, Purdue's Online Writing Lab provides a good introduction on understanding your assignment and choosing a topic.
Selected library databases to search for topic suggestions.
If not logged in through MyEFSC, you must log in to databases with B Number & birthdate PIN (mmddyy)
Periodicals provide information that is focused, usually from a contemporary point of view.
Once you have the background and broad understanding of your subject, use articles from databases to get concise, factual information written by experts. Use the keywords you have chosen in the databases.