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ENG 111: College Composition I (Vogt-LO)

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General Research Topic

You will choose a problem to research in one of two broad areas of contemporary life: education or our high-tech, hyper-connected world, including cell phone use, social media, gaming, internet security, etc. You should choose a problem that you think is significant in its impact and that affects a fair number of people. For instance: a typical educational practice, not a specific poor teacher; a significant issue in cybersecurity, not a user interface problem of a specific online shopping site. 

You will research the problem that you select to write about to see what solutions other people may have proposed, or what ideas have been explored. 

You should explore a variety of viewpoints, including those of experts and “ordinary people,” and develop a written solution to the problem you have identified. Your final essay must include citations from at least five sources, including quotes from at least two sources you located via our library system. 

A requirement of this essay is to respond to at least one counter-argument, so you will need to quote and refute at least one opposing viewpoint in your essay, and include the source in your list of Works Cited.

Source materials: You must use at least five outside sources from a variety of types of materials including newspaper, magazine, and scholarly articles; books; videos, presentations, and television programs; podcasts and radio programs; blogs, etc. As stated above, you must include at least one source with which you disagree. 

For more information, please review the ENG 111 Researched Argument document*.

*Due dates may be different depending on which section you are enrolled in.