What work or professional community do you envision yourself joining in the future? In this essay, you will have the opportunity to research your area of interest (possible major, targeted job, or potential career) and write a persuasive essay about it.
Assignment: What is a debate currently going on in your field of interest? What controversy is being discussed? Explain the debate and argue for your position.
Note: This is a summary of your assignment. Please refer to full assignment from your instructor.
Finding a controversy in your field
1. Open MegaSearch
2. Enter your occupation in the top box. Search.
3. Copy the string below, and paste it in the 2nd box:
controvers* or debate* or disagree* or ethic*
4. (To the right of this box) Select AB Abstract from the pulldown.
This is a quick outline for your research. For guidance on each stage, see the boxes below this one.
Stage 1: Identify a career/occupation (or college major) to research.
Stage 2: Explore debates or controversies in this field, and choose one.
Stage 3: Develop your thesis and argument
Stage 4: Find information that helps you do these things: 1) explain the debate/controversy; 2) support your argument; 3) deal with opposing arguments.
Make sure to find out the following facts:
You will use the following library database: AZCIS: Arizona Career Information Service
Option #1: Do you want to SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC CAREER?
Option #2: Do you want to EXPLORE RELATED CAREERS?
Finally, choose a career for your paper, and take some notes.
Bookmark the page, or copy and paste its URL into an email to yourself.
When you are finished, go to Stage 2.
When you finish this stage, you will have identified a controversy in your career field as your paper's topic.
You will search MegaSearch, which allows you to simultaneously search through 50+ databases for articles and more. From browsing these articles, you will choose a controversy for your topic.
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Before you begin, review ALL the directions below, including the sample search.
Sample Search: I want to be a fashion model. What is a controversy or debate in this field?
Note: Unless you want to be a fashion model, too, you'll want to substitute a keyword or phrase for your occupation!
In the top box, enter a word of phrase for your career. Then click Search.
Now we want to focus on items that contain keywords that signal a controversy.
To find all variants of these words, we add wildcards (asterisks*) to the stem of the word.
In the second search box, type in the following:
controvers* or debate* or disagree* or ethic*
NOTE: These keywords will work just fine for your search, too.
Before you search, click the pull-down menu (to the right of this search box).
Now, click here to open a hidden tab. It shows you how to review items and email articles to yourself.
After this, you'll be ready to search for a controversy.
What are news sites saying about your career or occupation? News often focuses on controversies..
Once you have identified a controversy, work with your instructor to develop a provisional thesis and argument. "Provisional" means that it is a "working" argument that may be revised if new information turns up.
Controversy: [Can you state the disagreement in the form of a question?]
Thesis: [In a persuasive paper, your thesis is your position on the controversial question.]
Argument: [What are the main reasons for accepting your thesis?]
Once you have a provisional argument. You can search for information to support each point in your argument.
Now see the directions in the box below.
To find sources that support the points of your argument, you can search MegaSearch in a more targeted way.
Here is a strategy:
Let's say I'm looking at the danger of being injured as a firefighter. My basic search looks like this:
(The asterisks are wildcards that pick up variant endings: firefighter or firefighers; injury or injuries
I find 223,000 items that mention both concepts.
Now I can focus the search to find specific supporting sources. I use the third search box.
Search 1: Add statistics to the third box: I find 11,000 things.
Search 2: Replace statistics with burn*: I find 75,000 things.
Search 3: Instead of burn, add: training: I find 31,000 things.
Notice that you can add more search boxes. Just click the Add Row link, to the right of the search boxes.
Now click for a hidden tab that shows how to limit your search to scholarly sources