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College 1 Research Guide

Find resources to help you conduct research for your final project.


College 1 Research Assignment

This semester, you'll become an expert on a topic related to Olympic Boulevard or another theme from the College 1 course. Working with a group of classmates, you'll develop a thesis (or main claim) about your topic and present your thesis along with supporting evidence on a visually appealing, informative research poster.

PCC Librarians are here to help you with this project!

The College 1 Research Assignment fosters development of essential skills including choosing and narrowing a research topic, formulating a research question, finding and selecting reliable sources using PCC Library databases, selecting information from sources to support your position, and citing sources using MLA format.

Librarians can help you with the following aspects of the project: 

  • Finding credible information on your topic. Your group will need multiple sources, including: 
    • three or more articles accessed via library databases
    • other authoritative sources (books, trustworthy websites, etc.) 
  • Citing your sources using MLA format
    • Include in-text citations for each quote, data point, illustrative graphic, or summary / paraphrase from library or outside sources. Anything that is not your group's own, original idea needs to be cited. 
    • Include a Works Cited list. This is a detailed list of all the sources you used for the project. Every in-text citation should have a corresponding citation on the Works Cited list.