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ENC 1101: Written Communication - Anson: Position Paper

Library resources for Prof. Anson's ENC1101

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          Welcome to the Library Guide for ENC1101 - Prof. Anson



  • Position Paper (stay on this page, read below)

  • Supreme Court Cases: Click on the SCOTUS tab.



If you have questions, contact your ENC1101 librarian

Kyla Roush by Email, in Ask a Librarian, or in person at the Library:

Bradenton Library & Learning Center, Bldg. 3

Steps 1 and 2

Position / Argument / Persuasive Essay


1) Getting the sources to support your position:

For this assignment, you need to read essays written by scholars that either support or oppose a position related to your topic. The SCF Library has a selection of appropriate articles, books, and other materials about this topic.

Use the "Quick Search" to search for all kinds of sources.


2) Getting a quote to cite from one source:

In order to support your argument in favor or against the main point in the topic you chose, you need to find an essay in one of the books set aside in the Library's RESERVE collection.


Go to the Bradenton Library (Bldg.3) and ask for the books on RESERVE for Prof. Anson.

Books for persuasive topics

Book spines from RESERVES collection


In addition, most of these books can be found electronically in the following databases:

(check with the assignment's instructions regarding use of electronic sources):

Step 3

3) Using the information in your essay

When you use information for this assignment, you should introduce a quote from the book with a signal phrase. Prof. Anson's assignment has instructions on how to do this.

In your signal phrase, make sure to state:

  • the author's name
  • the Title of Source (book in which it is included) (in italics)
  • the "Title of the Essay or Article" ("in quotation marks")

In addition, you have to create a full citation in MLA format for the Work Cited at the end of the paper.

Ask the librarians to help you with citing the books on RESERVE or the electronic sources.



For example, in an essay about assisted suicide, you could write something like this:

As Kimberly Leonard noted in the essay "Assisted Suicide Laws Threaten Patients Rights" found in Opposing Viewpoints: Assisted Suicide, "many who oppose assisted suicide laws worry that they will snowball into targeting vulnerable people, including those with disabilities" (15).


See the MLA Guide here or at the links below, or ask a librarian for assistance with MLA citations!



Step 3: Citing (documenting) your sources

Documenting your research: Avoid plagiarism!

  • Always cite the sources you use, even if you "paraphrase" (put it into your own words.)
  • If you copy+paste the citation provided in the database's "Citation Tool", check the rules and CORRECT any mistakes.
  • When in doubt... ask a librarian!

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