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ENGL 100 - De La Cruz Sanchez - Spring 2022: Research Essay

For students in English 100 with Yvonne De La Cruz Sanchez in Spring 2022


Essay 4: Research Essay, The Anti-Hero & Humanity 


In an argument-based research paper—with an introduction, 6-8 body paragraphs, and conclusion—please address these four ideas:

  1. Define the anti-hero (1 paragraph). Use definitions found in the main article or an article that you have researched.
  2. Discuss why people are drawn to the anti-hero in stories: books, movies, and television (2-3 paragraphs). It might help to focus on what it is about the anti-hero that people connect with.
  3. Choose a popular anti-hero from a book, movie, or television show and analyze why this anti-hero is so popular (1-2 paragraphs). What qualities does the anti-hero have that attract people?
  4. Make a judgment: Discuss whether the anti-hero you have chosen makes a positive or negative impact on people/society (2-3 paragraphs).
Main Article & Video

"Allure of the Antihero” by Lara Ehrlich (main source)
“The Age of the Antihero 2.0” by The Take (this can be included as support, but it cannot be one of your researched sources)


Please note the following due dates on assignments for the Research Essay:

  • Complete Brainstorm Padlet by Wednesday, April 6th
  • Develop Research Questions by Wednesday, April 6th
  • Complete a Research Essay Outline by Wednesday, April 13th
  • Complete Research Log by Saturday, April 16th
  • Complete rough draft by Wednesday, April 20th 
  • Complete Peer Reviews of Research Essay rough draft by Saturday, April 23rd
  • Submit Final Draft by Saturday, April 30th (last day of the semester)

Step One: Familiarize Yourself With Your Subject

Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with Your Subject with Background Reading

Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you do all the following: 

  • achieve a basic understanding of your problem
  • begin to identify interesting specific questions that will form the backbone of your research; and
  • start to acquire vital search terms you need in order to explore your subject more fully. 


Background Resources for this Assignment

Start with reading/viewing the recommended sources for this assignment. 

Resources from MJC Databases

Google Web Search

Step Two: Find, Read, and Reflect on Your Sources

Step 2: Find Sources on the Topics You Identified in Step 1

  • Do a comprehensive search utilizing the sources above; leave no stone unturned
  • Print/save/email the sources you find as you go to avoid backtracking
  • Read your sources several times, highlighting relevant information and making notes as you go.
  • If you have trouble finding the appropriate type or number of sources: MEET WITH STELLA or ANY RESEARCH LIBRARIAN

Step Three: Start Writing a Draft

Step 3: Start Writing a Draft

  • Make an appointment with Writing Center staff at least once. They will help you get started, proceed, and/or finish. This is a free service that you should always utilize to maximize your success.
  • Utilize the MJC Library & Learning Center's FORMAT & CITE page to aid with MLA. A research librarian can provide face-to-face or Zoom assistance with formatting and citing as well. 

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Research Questions

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Evaluating Sources

Citation Examples

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