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EGL 102 - Janet Nogowski - Fall 2021

This guide is to support students in EGL 102-C11 and EGL 102-OC8 in their work on Paper #3.

Welcome, EGL 102 Students!

This guide will help you with research for Paper #3. After working through each tab of this guide, you will be able to

  • Locate various information pathways on the Oakton Library website.

  • Perform a basic search in at least one Oakton Library database.

  • Perform a basic search in our online catalog.

You will also learn a bit about MLA citations, and you will be guided to resources for help.

Your Assignment

Your goal is to write a synthesis paper (about 10 pages in length), using at least ten of the very best sources available that you integrate into the paper (12 source minimum for a working bibliography). Your sources will be scholarly and a mix of primary and secondary. Your paper should be in the format of a problem or problem/solution. You will use the sources extensively in the form of summary, paraphrase, and (more briefly) quotation in order      

  • To explain the topic to your readers and give them a good idea of your stance and the range of other opinions on the topic.
  • To present as support for your thesis and claims with the viewpoints of the authors who back you up.
  • To argue against the viewpoints of the authors with whom you disagree (or concede a point to the opposition if it does not weaken your argument) 
  • To analyze your sources critically to determine who presents the most compelling evidence.      


  1. You must provide in-text citations for quotes and paraphrases listing the author's name and title of the source the first time you use it and his/her last name thereafter.      
  2. You must provide MLA parenthetical documentation, documenting everything you get from sources with the exception of trivial single fact information. 
  3. You must provide a Works Cited in proper MLA format on a separate page at the end of your paper. 
  4. You must submit a final, formal sentence outline, developed at least three levels.   


  1. First major heading      
    1. Subheading of first degree.      
    2. Subheading of first degree.      
      1. Subheading of second degree.      
      2. Subheading of second degree.      
  2. Second major heading Etc.      

You must submit computer notes:

Each note should   

List the author's last name and page number the note came from     

Be under one of the headings on your outline      

Be a brief note in the form of a paraphrase or quote related only to that one topic Clearly identify any personal note to yourself      


       Open a file and type your outline.   

        Every time you take a note related to a section on your outline, type it under the heading, listing

         the author's name and page number after the note.

Single space each of your notes and double space between notes.

You should meet all the stages in the research process, including a Narrowed Search Question, a Working Bibliography typed in proper MLA format, a title page, a formal sentence outline, a Works Cited, the final paper, and at least one rough draft.