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English Composition

This guide supports the English Composition research assignments.

Introduction to Source Types

There are a variety of source types that you may encounter when working on a research assignment. Differences between types can include the depth of topic coverage, intended audience (e.g. academic, popular), frequency of posting or publication, and purpose. 

Reminder: Always review the assignment for any source requirements and guidelines (e.g. age of source, type of source).

The Information Timeline

Given the variety of source types, you'll want to think about when the information was published on your research question. The Information Timeline video (3:28 minutes) reviews when various types of information are created.

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