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ENGL 1302 -- Rhetorical Analysis and Comparative Analysis Essays -- Prof. Thomas

This research guide shows students in Prof. Vera Thomas's ENGL 1302 students how to find information sources in the database Opposing Viewpoints and how to cite those articles in the MLA style of documentation

Articles from Opposing Viewpoints

You will now search the library database Opposing Viewpoints to find two perspectives for your comparative and rhetorical analysis essays.

Have you searched the library's databases before? If not, then I suggest watching this introductory video first.

The video embedded above shows you how to search for articles from the database Opposing Viewpoints. The link to the database is below.

Remember Prof. Thomas's instructions on this portion of the assignment, which I am quoting here:

FIRST, select a topic from the Opposing Viewpoints research database, download and read the TOPIC OVERVIEW in order to familiarize yourself with the discourse surrounding the topic. THEN, select a visual text that conveys an argument (e.g. a photo, a political cartoon, an advertisement, a movie scene, a graphic, etc.) about your chosen topic.


Plagiarism is using someone else's work and giving the impression that it is yours. This video describes plagiarism in detail and how you can avoid it.

In addition to watching this video, you should look at this brochure about academic integrity from the college. It describes plagiarism and other forms of cheating as defined by the Lone Star College System.

MLA Documentation

You must cite your sources according to the MLA style of documentation.

This is our video that introduces MLA documentation. I urge you to watch the entire video carefully before starting to write your paper or annotated bibliography. It is much easier to cite correctly as you go along, rather than try to fix your documentation after you have written your paper.

This is our sample paper. When you're writing a paper, you can model the formatting of your paper after this one. If you are unsure how to set up the formatting in Microsoft Word so that it fits the requirements for MLA formatting, you could instead download this blank Word document that has the formatting already set up for you.

This is our 2-page handout that summarizes the MLA style. It includes most of the types of sources that students commonly use.

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