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ENGL 1301 with Professor Potter

About the Research Paper

Choose a word from the below list and explore its history and use.

  • Nigger/Nigga
  • Paddy
  • Guido
  • Polack
  • Redneck
  • Redskin
  • Gay 
  • Butch
  • Dyke
  • Tranny
  • Cripple/Crip
  • Gimp
  • Ginger
  • Pimp
  • Bitch
  • Slut
  • Aspie​ 

The paper is expected to be 900 words, excluding the Works Cited and in-text citations.

Use at least four sources: two must be scholarly, peer-reviewed and the Oxford English Dictionary.

The paper and all citations must be in MLA style.

Scholarly Sources -Defined

Use CAPOW to evaluate the information you find. Does it pass the test for your need of scholarly information?

  • What is the publication date or last date updated?
  • Is the content timely, useful, and valid for your information need?


  • Who wrote the content?
  • What makes that individual author or organization qualified to write it? What other information about the author is included?
  • Who sponsored the content?


  • Is the purpose of the content to inform, to entertain, or to promote a product or service? 
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Does the information seem credible? If so, can you check the information against another resource (i.e. book, journal article, newspaper, etc.) for credibility?


  • Is content biased?
  • Are opinions balanced or does the author have an agenda?
  • How does the bias influence the information?

Writing Style




  • Does the information contain a bibliography, references, or a comprehensive list of sources supporting its theme, topic, or agenda?
  • Is content presented at an appropriate level for an academic research paper?
  • Does the supporting information fit your research need?
  • Is the work complete, or is it a summary of other work?

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