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Rhonda C.
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Subject: Gender Studies

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Student: I need to write a 10 page paper on allowing transgender athletes to participate in the Olympics. I need to take a pro or con position.

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Interesting! Let's start by reading the assignment carefully. Do you need to focus on a specific historical period (for example, last fifty years)? Do you need a specific combination of sources? Books? scholarly journal articles? Primary and secondary sources? Can you use websites? Are you clear on what each of these is? Do you have to use a specific citation style in your bibliography (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA)? Next, let's determine what you're interested in. Do you want to focus on a specific sport or a specific athlete? Do you know whether you are in favor of opposed to transgender involvement? If you're not sure, let's start by doing a broad search, then honing in as you find something interesting - Broad search: olympics AND transgender Look at your results and determine how to further limit your results appropriate to a ten page paper. Student decides they would like to focus on supporting transgender athlete participation.. More specific search: olympics AND transgender AND (positive OR fairness OR non-binary) Search specific names of transgender athletes as you fund them Look for trustworthy books and articles - written by scholars in the fields, include citations to the sources they use. If you need primary sources, add keywords like diary, memoir, narrative, interview to your search. Use trustworthy databases like JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, GenderWatch and Google Scholar. Avoid Google and Wikipedia. Turn your topic into a thesis: Ask or answer a specific question. "The Olympics need to revise their antiquated structure to allow for transgender, non-binary gender identities". Discuss the need to cite your sources. Talk about plagiarism (give examples). Review Citation styles. Point out the OWL online citation guides. Discuss the pro's and con's of using citation generators like EasyBib and Noodle.

Subject: World History

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Student: I need to write a five page paper on the role of women in the French Revolution.

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Rhonda C.
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Interesting! Let's start by reading the assignment carefully. Do you need to focus on a specific historical period (for example, last fifty years)? Do you need a specific combination of sources? Books? scholarly journal articles? Primary and secondary sources? Can you use websites? Are you clear on what each of these is? Do you have to use a specific citation style in your bibliography (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA)? Next, let's determine what you're interested in. Do you want to focus women in politics, women as spies, women as nurses or soldiers? If you're not sure, let's start by doing a broad search, then honing in as you find something interesting - Broad search: "french revolution" AND women Look at your results and determine how to further limit your results appropriate to a five page paper. Student decides they would like to focus on women as spies during the French Revolution. More specific search: "french revolution" AND (women OR females) AND (spies or espionage) Search specific names of female spies as you fund them Look for trustworthy books and articles - written by scholars in the fields, include citations to the sources they use. If you need primary sources, add keywords like diary, memoir, narrative, interview to your search. Use trustworthy databases like JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, Historical Abstracts and Google Scholar. Avoid Google and Wikipedia. Turn your topic into a thesis: Ask or answer a specific question. "Did female spies play an important role during the French Revolution? Discuss the need to cite your sources. Talk about plagiarism (give examples). Review Citation styles. Point out the OWL online citation guides. Discuss the pro's and con's of using citation generators like EasyBib and Noodle.

Subject: US History

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Student: I need to write an eight page research paper on peaceful protests in the United States.

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Rhonda C.
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Interesting! Let's start by reading the assignment carefully. Do you need to focus on a specific historical period (for example, last fifty years)? Do you need a specific combination of sources? Books? scholarly journal articles? Primary and secondary sources? Can you use websites? Are you clear on what each of these is? Do you have to use a specific citation style in your bibliography (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA)? Next, let's determine what you're interested in. Do you want to focus on anti-war protests, civil rights protests, no-nukes protests? If you're not sure, let's start by doing a broad search, then honing in as you find something interesting - Broad search: "peaceful protest" AND "united states" Look at your results and determine how to further limit your results appropriate to an eight page paper. Student decides they would like to focus on the anti-war demonstrations on college campus during the Vietnam War. More specific search: "vietnam war" AND protests AND "college campuses" Look for trustworthy books and articles - written by scholars in the fields, include citations to the sources they use. If you need primary sources, add keywords like diary, memoir, narrative, interview to your search. Use trustworthy databases like JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, and Google Scholar. Avoid Google and Wikipedia. Turn your topic into a thesis: Ask or answer a specific question. "Did protests on college campuses during the Vietnam War help to end the war, or did they further polarize the country and extend the war? Discuss the need to cite your sources. Talk about plagiarism (give examples). Review Citation styles. Point out the OWL online citation guides. Discuss the pro's and con's of using citation generators like EasyBib and Noodle.

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