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ENGL 100 - Sanchez - Spring 2021: Informative Research Essay

For students in English 100 with Yvonne De La Cruz Sanchez in Spring 2021 with a focus on Essay 3


Essay 3:Seeking Change for Our Future 


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

Due Dates
  • Submit Research Questions - Wednesday, April 7th (W13D3)
  • Online Research Log - Thursday, April 15th by 11:59pm (W14D4)
  • Research Essay Outline - Thursday, April 15th by 11:59pm (W14D4)
  • Rough Draft of Research Essay - Monday, April 19th by 11:59pm (W15D1)
  • Workshop for Research Essay - Monday, April 19th by 11:59pm (W15D1)
  • Final Draft of Research Essay - Monday, April 26th by 11:59pm (W16D1)

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 Reading for this Assignment


To prepare for Unit 3, you should have read Melody K. Milbrandt’s “Understanding the Role of Art in Social Movements and Transformation” at the beginning of Readers’ Club (also available below as download). In Milbrandt’s article, she discusses how art can inspire and be inspired by social movements. Be prepared to use this as a main source to begin your research essay.

For the purposes of this assignment, you will be researching specific art or art movements that have inspired social movements or have been inspired by social movements. Specifically, this research will be an extension of one social movement you read during Readers’ Club by examining that social movement and one work of art connected to that social movement. This research will focus on what creating change looks like through art and what it might mean for the future. Examples of works of art can include: 1) paintings, drawings, sculptures, or any visual arts, 2) books, short stories, or poetry, 3) films or television series, or 4) music in the form of songs, albums, or visual albums.

You'll DEFINITELY be reading about one of these social movements. Here they are, with some suggested background readings to skim. 


Here are some reference books and specialized encyclopedias that are contained in the Gale and EBSCO eBook databases. 

Google Web Search

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

Citation Examples

Citation Examples and Template:

 MLA Core ElementsEach citation in your list of works cited is composed of elements common to most works. These are called the MLA core elements. They are assembled in a specific order as shown to the right.

Use the links below to see examples of source citations and practice using one of the templates.

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

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What is MLA Style?

Created by the Modern Language Association, MLA is most often used by the Humanities, which includes languages, literature, philosophy, visual & performing arts.