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Lamont: Writing Assignments

Instructor Lamont's ENL 111 courses will use this guide to complete their research assignments and writings.

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Use this research guide for your ENL 111 writing assignments. If you need Help, contact us at any time!


Class Assignments

The Casual Argument

  • Choose your event, trend, situation, or phenomenon
  • Search initial sources to narrow/focus your topic
  • Find THREE different kinds of credible sources that:
    • Explain why something happens/happened the way it does/did
    • Explain why it is important to understand the explanation(s) for this 'effect'.
  • SaveCite your articles

The Rhetorical Analysis

From the speech you chose, you'll use library resources to complete your analysis in the paper

  • Choose your speech
  • Use library databases to find articles that answer these questions:   analysis-ninja
    • What evidence is offered to support this claim?
    • What is the speech's cultural/historical context?
  • Save & Cite your articles


Library Assignment

This guided worksheet will help you with your research. Remember to save your work!

Not sure on your topic?

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The Scholarly Conversation

Following The Scholarly Conversation: Trends, Events, & More

Following The Scholarly Conversation: How To

          When researching an event, trend, situation, or phenomenon, it's always beneficial to look at the present, past, and future. When you find a great article about your topic, you can:

  • Follow the path of the articles References to go back in time of the conversation
  • Follow the Cited By information to go forward in time in the scholarly conversation.

This way, you get an entire picture of the scholarly conversation. Where does your writing and argument fit in this conversation?! Use the tabs at the top to see how you follow this conversation.


         When you find a great article for your research, you can look back in time BEFORE the article was written to see what was published before that article. You do this by looking at the articles References, Works Cited, or links the article references.

Below is an example in the Proquest database:


          When you find a great article for your research, you can look forward in time AFTER the article was written to see what was published after that article. You do this by looking at the articles Cited By references.

Below is an example in the Google Scholar: