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ENGL 1304 - First Year Writing II

Use this guide to find information and research to complete your assignments for ENGL 1304.

In This Guide

Teacher gesturing at content on a boardENGL 1304 - First Year Writing II is about using research to help you better communicate your ideas. This guide will help you complete your assignments for ENGL 1304. The content and tools within this guide cover all stages of the research process. The sections in this guide cover how to:

  • Develop a topic
  • Identify types of information
  • Find information
  • Evaluate sources
  • Cite sources

Research Process

As you start your research for your assignments, it's important to remember that the process is not always a linear one. It often involves repeating steps as you find new information and refine what your research question is. This chart demonstrates how that might look:

Flow chart that follows through the research process steps of "pick topic," "initial research," "research question," "search for sources," "refine research question," "write and revise," and "repeat as needed"

You'll likely start the process by picking a broad topic. This will give you a place to start with your initial research, so that you can gain more background knowledge. This will help you develop a research question, which will inform your search for sources that relate to your question. As you find new sources, you might refine or change your research question. You can repeat this process as needed until you get to a point where you have a final question for which you've been able to find relevant sources.