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ENC 1101 & 1102 - Prof. Ranaut

Essay Assignments

Your Essay Assignments

What is a cause and effect essay?

Cause and effect essays are concerned with why things happen (causes) and what happens as a result (effects). Cause and effect is a common method of organizing and discussing ideas.

  • Consuming a diet of processed foods (cause) can lead to diabetes and other health issues (effect).
  • The divorce rate has increased dramatically (effect) due to the rise in unemployment (cause).

What is an argumentative essay?

An argumentative essay introduces a debatable topic and supports it based on evidence. The goal is to choose a claim where you can gather supporting information and argue the pros and cons of the issue.

Examples of argumentative topics:

  • Homeschooling
  • Drones and privacy
  • Concealed firearms on college campuses
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Stand your Ground Law
  • Euthanasia
  • Medical marijuana
  • Using medication to treat autistic children
For additional topics, visit our list of research topics.

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a detailed list of sources (including the citation) centered on a topic or issue. Each source is followed by a brief summary and critical evaluation of the content. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
Your annotated bibliography must have at least 5 sources and can include books (print or electronic), articles (from journal publications or magazines), newspapers, and other formats such as videos and streaming media. Commercial websites such as Wikipedia are prohibited.
Note: this assignment is not an essay. It is a collection of sources. However, it is the first step in developing your topic for a future written paper. An example of an annotated bibliography in MLA format can be found here.

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Search for Books & eBooks. To locate other library materials use the BC Libraries homepage.


How to Find Books in the Library

Call numbers are used to locate print books in the library. What is a call number? It is a series of letters and numbers in alphabetical and numerical order that designate where a book is placed on the shelf.

For a detailed explanation on call numbers, click here: Understanding Call Numbers

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