We will begin by reading a number of essays that consider the ways students use research in their academic writing (Randall McClure’s “Examining the Presence of Advocacy and Commercial Websites in Research Essays of First-Year Composition Students,” James M Lang’s “It’s not You,” Howard et al.’s “Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences,”). We will then use these essays as a way to reflect on our own source use and research in college.
This assignment then asks you to argue a position on student source use in the academy using at least two of the above readings and your own experience as a college writer. This “position” doesn’t need to offer a solution or take a definitive stance; it may, for example, argue for the two main challenges to students finding and using quality sources or for the central dilemma in student plagiarism.
The essay needs to be no fewer than four full pages. It will need to correctly cite and/or paraphrase passages from the texts in correct MLA form. You must refer to the following two writers: Randall McClure, Howard et al. This essay can and should include personal experience and/or field research in addition to the scholarly sources read in class.
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