Short Paper, Entering Public Debate-Research/Annotated
Find and print three source articles on the issue you are researching from
online sources or from the databases. Read and highlight the articles. You
may use some paraphrasing, some quoting, some interpretation when appropriate,
and indicate why the information is useful or significant to explain the
rhetorical situation of your choice.
Use an MLA citation format for the source at the top of
the first paragraph.
Then write three paragraphs on each
- Paragraph 1-Answer questions on the bullet points
- Paragraph 2-List five to ten questions that you will
research in further exploring the issue.
- Paragraph 3-What other sources can you use to investigate
answers to the questions in paragraph 2? possible places you will search for
additional materials. (Keep in mind the Pew Research Center for
nonpartisan governmental research about many topics as well as CQ Researcher
for opposing viewpoints on current topics.)
- State the author’s name and professional
background, credentials, or what qualifies him or her to be an expert on your
- State the thesis or main
argument of the article, or if it is not an academic article, give a
general description of the content.
- What is the main evidence
used to support the thesis/claims? Are there any limitations or critiques
of the evidence?
- What is the purpose of the
article and who is the intended audience of the article?
- State if the source is a primary
or secondary source and how you located it?
- Evaluate the usefulness or
relevance of this source for your topic.