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This guide contains starting points for research in Professor Butler's Health Disparities Learning Community.

What's in the guide

This guide provides links to the most useful databases and resources for your work in in your Health Disparities Learning Community. Use the tabs above to navigate the guide.

ENGL 101: Research project description

The following is copied and pasted directly from your research project description.

Research Project Overview: 


One of the main goals of Eng. 101 is to help you advance your literacy skills that will support your academic, personal, and professional journeys. This means knowing how to find good, reliable information and how to synthesize that information with your own experiences and ideas. To do this, you will practice critically thinking about what you read, what you see, and what you think. Throughout the rest of the quarter, you will embark on an inquiry exploring a topic that you care about related to the Learning Community theme of ‘Health and Wellness’. There are three phases to our inquiry process. 

Phase 1- Exploration: 

  • What?  

  • We have read, and we will continue to read several articles that explore various themes and ideas related to healthcare inequity. We will explore these themes and ideas through many lenses and discuss them in order to 1) generate ideas for research topics and 2) to develop and practice academic writing skills and strategies. We will also consider how class texts can be used as models for our own writing.  

  • Why? 

  • Real research is messy! Developing a thoughtful research question and a topic appropriate for your research paper takes time. The main point of this phase is to use writing as a tool to conduct inquiry by critically reading and evaluating a variety of texts. This will help you build schema, develop a clear research question, and practice essential academic reading, writing, and thinking skills.  

Phase 2- Focused Research: 

  • What?  

  • Research Journals- Find 3 sources from the library databases and complete a Research Journal for two of them and a final annotated bibliography that includes all three sources.  


  • Why? 

  • During this phase, you will zoom-in on your research topic and questions to find 3 credible sources. Your research journals will help you discern the important ideas and evidence from your sources, critically evaluate the credibility of your sources, and prompt you to record your own thinking based on the information you read.    

Phase 3- Synthesis, A.K.A Putting it all together: 

  • What?  

  • Find at least 2 more credible sources (you will not create research journals for these)  

  • Write an MLA or APA expository (research) essay using the sources you worked with during Phases 1-3 (at least 5 sources total) 

  • Create and present your research with a visual that presents your thesis and 3 key pieces of evidence from your paper in a science-fair style format in class. 


  • Why? 

  • The MLA or APA essay and presentation are the final steps of your research project. You will pull information from your sources together with your own ideas to create a claim that you will defend using evidence from at least 5 sources. We will look at and learn about APA citations in addition to MLA, so you can choose either format for your essay. You will present your research in the form of an essay, and then you will create a visual through which you will share your research with the class. By presenting your research, you will have the opportunity to show what you learned in a way that works best for you. It also allows you to practice public speaking skills and allows our class community the chance to learn from each other. 

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