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CIS 110: Composition & Communication: Start Here

First in a sequence of two courses that focus on developing students' abilities to communicate ideas effectively using written, oral, visual, and electronic forms. Fall 2019.

Your Research Assignment: Informative Essay

This guide is designed to help you with library research associated with this course, particularly the Informative Essay.
 For this assignment,  you need to select one of the 3 Essay Options below:

  • Uses and Gratification Theory applied to a communication medium such as television or social media 
  • Spiral of Silence Theory applied to the context of our contemporary political/social world 
  • Relational Dialectics applied to a fictional interpersonal relationship

Then you will do your own additional research for other credible sources of information.

  • Locate and read at least 5 additional sources of credible research on your selected topic.
  • Evaluate the sources for their relevancy to your topic 
  • Synthesize your readings and integrate relevant elements into your essay

The resources in this guide will help you with this assignment.  If you have questions or need more information, please Ask Us!

Assignment Calculator

The Assignment Calculator ​can be used to help you stay on track when working on a research assignment. The calculator will help you break your project down into manageable chunks with deadlines for each section.

Background Information Helps You Develop a Topic

Students report that getting started is the most difficult part of the research process. Don't know a lot about your topic? Do a little background research to get an overview and help guide your thinking.

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