Assignment overview here.

Complete research "recipe" is in your handout; you may view the PDF here.

Research Step 1: Topic and Sources

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as TopicSource_YOURNAME_.

Working off campus? Click here or see handout in packet.
Assignment templates available on Google Docs: click here.

2. Search Global Issues here:


3. Search Ebsco Host here:


4. Don't Google yet.


5. When you have finished the Topic Source assignment, save, print, and turn in to MsB. If you have time remaining, you may get your eCards set up and begin taking notes.


Research Step 2: Start eCards

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPeCards_YOURNAME_.

TIPS: How to make MLA bibliography in Global Issues and Ebsco (EASIER than EasyBib!).

2. Continue to use Global Issues and Ebsco Host for your first 10 eCards (no Google yet).

3. Your final paper should have the following sections, so this is the information you are looking for. Use these outline headings in your "subtopic" column.

     I. Background
          A. Country Background
          B. Problem Background

     II. Problem
          A. Effects
          B. Causes

     III. Solutions
          A. Alternatives
          B. Pros / Cons

     IV. Recommendation
          A. Best approach
          B. Why it is best


Research CHECKPOINT: 10 eCards

1. When you have at least 10 eCards completed, call over MsB to check them on your screen.

For full credit, be sure you have followed the instructions embedded in the eCards template and summarized here.






Research Step 3: Country Background Paragraph

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPCountryBackground_YOURNAME_.doc.

Good sources for country background:
          Global Issues: "Overview" and "Reference," usually at top of page after searching for country.
          Ebsco: Uncheck all except "Country Reports" in "Include when searching" box.

Once your 10 eCards are approved, you may use any good sources (web, print, other), but be paying attention to HOW great or terrible each source is. Don't use information from bad sources, but DO save the URL in your eCards, because we will be comparing the best/worst of our sources in the "Great and Terrible Source Hunt."

The Country Background paragraph must include evidence*, but for this exercise does not need to be a full CEAL paragraph.
          *facts from at least two sources required -- use three sources for more credit

Helpful tips here.




Research Step 4: Great and Terrible Source Hunt (Extra Credit, Spring 2015)

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPSourceEval2015_YOURNAME_.doc.




Research Step 5: Outline/Thesis and Bibliography

For your convenience, we are COMBINING these checkpoints!

1. Open complete typing template here. Save to your folder as RPFinalPaper_YOURNAME_.doc.

When your outline, thesis, and works cited are complete, print and turn them in to MsB for a grade.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO TAKE MORE certain to include them in your eCards AND Bibliography!

Helpful tips on Outline / Thesis here.

Helpful tips on Bibliography (Works Cited) here.





Research Step 6: Writing and Citing (Typing Template)

1. Open assignment here. Save to your folder as RPFinalPaper_YOURNAME_.doc.

2. Use "accordion paper" format.

How to get the grade you want: view requirements here.






Research Step 7: Submit final paper

To Be Turned In:
Typed, double-spaced, stapled in this order:
     Title page
     Body with parenthetical documentation for EVERY fact
     Works Cited
Completed self-check evaluation
Email:  ALL eCards to bowena{at} If you submit as a Google Doc, SHARE with EDIT privileges. Alternately: prin eCards, single-sided, staple and turn in.