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ENC 1101 (LaCerra): Cause and Effect Essay: Home

Welcome

Use this step-by-step guide to start your research for the cause and effect essay assigned by Professor LaCerra.  Contact a librarian for help.

Step #1: Focus Your Topic

First, decide what specific issue you would like to research within one of the three categories (family, environment or obedience).

Examples:

  • Family - effects of the TV show Modern Family
  • Environment - environmental causes of lung cancer
  • Obedience - effects of spanking on children's obedience

Recommended Sources for Topic Ideas:

Step #2: Choose Keywords

Once you have focused your topic, start a list of relevant keywords. These are the words you would use in your searches.

Exercise:

Write out your focused topic on a piece of paper.

Circle the keywords in your topic.

  • List some words that mean about the same as these keywords (synonyms).

Related to your topic, list some words that describe

  • WHO is affected, WHO is causing it, or WHO is related to the issue (people, groups)
  • WHAT is affected, WHAT is causing it, or WHAT other concepts/ things are related to the issue
  • WHERE (places)
  • WHEN (events, time periods)

Step #3: Pick a Search Tool

Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to find all types of items, but especially books and e-books.

Library Databases

Use different library databases to find specific types of articles, as well as images and videos.

West Campus Librarians

Visit the West Campus Librarians on the 2nd floor of building 6.

Call us at 407-582-1432.

Step #4: Search Using Keywords

Start with the keywords from your topic, or their synonyms. Add keywords from your list to make the search more specific.

Examples:

  • Lung cancer AND environment
  • Lung cancer AND motor exhaust

Tips:

  • In the Library Catalog, keep your searches more basic, general and broad. You may even need to revise.
    Example: cancer AND environment
  • In the databases, be more specific.

 

 

Step #5: Save and Cite Sources

E-mail articles that you find in the databases, to your preferred e-mail address. You can send MLA citations along with your articles.

Use the library's MLA Guides to help you cite books, e-books and articles: