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English 101 - Research or Argument Essay Assignment: Home

Research or Argument Essay Assignment

Instructor Lori Pollard-Johnson's English 101 assignment for her research or argument essay must have:

  • a thesis statement at the beginning of the essay
  • a minimum of three outside sources
  • a minimum of two different kinds of media (book, periodical, internet, interview)
  • MLA formating (can be either 7th or 8th edition of MLA Handbook).

The library resources listed below can be helpful in finding a topic, finding information about the topic, and using MLA formatting.

RTC Library Online Catalog

To access the RTC Library's online catalog, go to the library's home page at and click on the Library Catalog link.  The online catalog lists all the books, DVDs and other materials owned by the RTC Library.  Please ask the librarian for help if you can't find what you are looking for.

Library Materials that Can Be Checked Out

Pro/Con Book Series on Various Topics

Go to RTC Library home page at

Click on Library Catalog link

Search for these series titles:

  • At Issue
  • Compact Research
  • Current Controversies
  • Ideas in Conflict
  • Information Plus
  • Issues in Focus
  • Library in a Book
  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Point/Counterpoint
  • Pro/Con

These books can be checked out of the Library.  If you need help finding them, ask any of the librarians!

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction - Video from the NCSU Libraries

Library Online Subscription Databases and Resources

Websites with Info about Various Topics

MLA Citation Format

Media Librarian