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A guide for researching argument writing and speech assignments

What is research?

Argument & Researchphotograph of Zora Neale Hurston

Welcome! We have created this guide to help you complete the following tasks:

  • brainstorm a variety of search words related to your topic
  • find information from a variety of sources such as library books, videos, and article databases that will support your topic and your argument
  • evaluate sources to determine if they are credible, scholarly and appropriate for your research paper
  • cite sources in APA style

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"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

-Zora Neale Hurston (from Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942) 

Image Source: "Zora Neale Hurston, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, looking at book, American Stuff, at New York Times Book Fair" via Library of Congress

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Attribution: This guide is based on the work of Katy Dichter of Green River Community College, and Jennifer Rohan of Pierce College. 

Note: This guide was reviewed and updated by CD in 02/2024. See errors? Have feedback or suggestions? Use the "Get Help" tab to contact us to let us know!

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