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Composition II: Getting Started

Composition II

A required part of Wesleyan's general studies curriculum, Composition II provides an introduction to persuasive and the academic research paper.  The course emphasizes critical thinking, research methods, and documentation of sources.  This guide is intended to help students new to writing research papers navigate the research process and identify appropriate information sources for their work.

Resources for Writing Research Papers

Doing Background Research

Research, real research, requires starting with a basic knowledge of your proposed topic.  More than an opinion, working knowledge requires that you understand some of the issues that surround your topic so that you may identify appropriate questions for your own research work.  Reference sources can help you begin to explore your topic with quality and reputable information sources.

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