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ENGL100 - Sanchez -- Fall 2020: Essay 3: Seeking Change for Our Future

For students in English 100 with Yvonne De La Cruz Sanchez in Fall 2020, working on Essay 3


Essay 3

Summary of Assignment

In an informative-based research paper—with an introduction, 6-8 body paragraphs, and a conclusion— please provide information on how one work of art (a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, a book or story of fiction, poetry, a film, a television series, a song, an album, or a visual album, etc.) has inspired or been inspired by one of the following movements:

  • climate change movements
  • International Women’s Day or women’s rights movements
  • Day of Silence
  •  Afrofuturism
  • Latinxfuturism/Chicanxfuturism
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Black Lives Matter



MLA Format – your essay must be formatted and documented according to MLA guidelines (TNR, 12 pt font, double-spaced, 1” margins, MLA heading, page numbers with last name in upper right-hand corner of margin) and a Works Cited page. Please see OwlPurdue or the MJC website on MLA formatting requirements. •

Support – this research paper is heavily-based on the research you complete. You must always introduce, cite, and explain every piece of source information you incorporate into the essay. Support should come from your Readers’ Club sources, as well as outside research from at least 3 additional sources. This means you should have 6 sources total.

6 page minimum – Remember, you can use more than one idea or quote from a source. You must turn in no less than SIX FULL pages (to the bottom of the sixth page) in order to receive credit for this essay. Otherwise, your essay will incur point penalties. (The seventh page should be the Works Cited page)

Step One: Familiarize Yourself With Your Subject

Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you:

  • 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. 

Here are some reference books and specialized encyclopedias that are contained in the Gale eBooks database. 

Google Web Search

Afrofuturism & Latinxfuturism

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

Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.

  • Do a comprehensive search utilizing all the sources below; 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 find sources that will help others in your team, SHARE THEM.
  • If you have trouble finding the appropriate type or number of sources: MEET WITH A RESEARCH LIBRARIAN

Step Three: 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 assistance with formatting and citing as well. 

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Research Questions

Popular, Substantive, Scholarly Information

Evaluating Sources

Citing Your Sources

Get started by watching this excellent, short video from Hayden Memorial Library of Citrus College, that walks you through creating an MLA citation and corresponding in-text citation.

The Rules:

  • Placement: The Works Cited list appears at the end of the paper, on its own page(s). If your research paper ends on page 8, your Works Cited begins on page 9. 
  • Arrangement: Alphabetize entries by author's last name. If source has no named author, alphabetize by the title, ignoring A, An, or The.
  • Spacing: Like the rest of the MLA paper, the Works Cited list is double-spaced throughout. Be sure NOT to add extra spaces between citations.
  • Indentation: To make citations easier to scan, add a hanging indent to any citation that runs more than one line.
  • Title: The name of your bibliography will be Works Cited.


Citation Examples and Templates:

Use the links below to see examples of source citations. Beneath the yellow handout, you can use The MLA Style Center's, Works Cited: A Quick Guide to see how to create source citations then use their template to practice citing sources.

If you don't find what you need here, check out the MLA's, Ask the MLA.

Don't forget that when in doubt verify the accuracy of any citation example by using the MLA Handbook.


Example of Works Cited List: