ENGL 203: Composition: Research

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Refines process of planning, revising and editing essays from ENGL& 101. Writing research papers. Emphasizes topic selection, use of print and electronic sources, note taking, credibility, fact and opinion, logic, avoidance of plagiarism, and documentation. Students must earn a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better to apply this course to the Writing Skills requirement for AAS or AST degree.

Grading Basis

ENGL& 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  • Choosing and narrowing a topic (considering purpose and audience).
  • Using the libraries, especially the reference section (periodical indexes, general and specialized); print and electronic databases.
  • Writing bibliographies. Taking notes: summary, paraphrase, quotation, annotation, avoiding plagiarism.
  • Evaluating sources for credibility (author, publisher, date of publication).
  • Organizing notes into an outline. Composing the research essay: brief review (organization, logic and coherence, development, unity); structure (paradigm) as function of content; blending reference material into the essay with author citations and documentation.
  • Preparing the essay: format and mechanics for particular scholarly style, preparing the citation page.
  • Discussing alternate forms of documentation: CSE, APA system, MLA, footnotes (Chicago).


At least two original documented essays (draft, revisions, final version)
At least two different documentation styles.
Students will write every week
Departmental Rubric applied to all graded work