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ENG 111: Dual Enrollment: College Composition I: (South Lakes HS-LO)

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ENG 111 Research Assignment

Topic options:

  • Cause OR effect.  Develop a cause-or-effect argument in which you examine and analyze either key causes leading up to the event or key effects resulting from the event. Options include:
    • A specific human disaster, such as a ship sinking or a great city fire. 
    • An invention.
    • A historical figure.
    • A national or local government policy.
    • Another topic of your choice (this must be approved by your professor).


  • The topic you choose will be of appropriate scope (not too broad, not too narrow).
  • For this paper, databases available through NVCC’s library facility must be utilized.  Google searches are not allowed.  Part of the research process will be dedicated to verifying the sources of your data and information. Please take sufficient time to determine whether adequate information can be found on your topic.
  • Strategies other than the dominant one (cause or effect), such as description, narration, or example, are encouraged to be used. 
  • No two students may research the same topic.
  • You may not use a topic you have already researched for another class.
  • The paper will follow MLA format for in-text citations and the works cited page. 
  • A minimum of five different sources from databases or print materials will be used and cited in completing this paper.

For more information, please review the Research Essay document.

Dual Enrollment Information

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To get your NOVACard, create a free account. Then upload a favorite photo and stop by any NOVACard office to pick up your new NOVACard.

You can also add funds to your card's account in order to print/photocopy while on campus.