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ENGL 1600 - K. Kulzer-Reyes: Research Paper

A library guide with resources for Critical Thinking, Literature, and Composition


The research paper consists of five parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Historical Context
  4. Findings
  5. Conclusions


  • Minimum of two scholarly articles on critical thinking
  • Minimum of one book or eBook related to the topic
  • Minimum of one additional scholarly source
  • No internet sources


  • MLA 8th edition formatting. Refer to the MLA Style guide tab in this guide.
  • 1500-2000 words, 6-8 pages
  • Works Cited


Possible Topics:

The paper is based on critical thinking that interests you based on course material. Some possible research ideas are:

  • How literature helps us learn to think
  • How critical thinking improves communication
  • How good thinkers support arguments
  • How weak thinking impacts arguments
  • How critical thinking should be taught in school
  • How critical thinking is used in your career field


Please review the following library guides for assistance with your final project

Library Research: The Process

Types of Sources

Evaluation of Sources

Background Information

Books are excellent sources to gather background information and provide historical context. Below are some suggestions for books on critical thinking.

Scholarly Articles

After providing background information and historical context, use scholarly articles to support your argument.  Review these guides for help in accessing databases to locate scholarly articles.

Scholarly and Peer-reviewed Journals

What is a database and how do I use it?

Recommended databases

The databases below will have scholarly, full-text articles on critical thinking.  Use keywords and subject headings to locate articles specific to your topic.  Remember to check the full-text box!