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East Rochester MLA/Senior High Library: AP English 11 Research Paper

English 12 Research Paper #1: Education and Career


Use NoodleTools to create MLA citations and the works cited page.    


1. Login your account. Please see Ms. Luce if you need to reset your password.

2. Create a new project.

3. Add a new source for each of the websites/books that you need to cite. 

4. Choose the export to Google Docs option to create the works cited page.




Submit your paper to Turnitin to check for plagiarism. 

Paper Organization

The Research Process in a Nutshell

1) Find Sources

Look for at least seven to ten reliable sources (more is fine). You can use the recommended resources on this page, but you will also need to find other websites. If you are unsure of a source, be sure you Google the organization to find out more about it. When applicable, use the Wikipedia trick. 

2) Take Notes -  Note Taking Packet

Click on the above link to get an electronic note taking packet. We will also provide a paper copy of this packet. Other students have elected to use note card.  This is a great opportunity to figure out what works best for you.

3) Create Citations - NoodleTools

Use NoodleTools to help with your citations.  NoodleTools will generate your works cited page for you (the list of citations at the end of your paper) and your parenthetical citations (the citation within the paper.)

4) Check for Plagiarism -

Use to check for plagiarism before submitting your final copy. It is really important that you write information in your own words.  The punishment for plagiarism (either intentional or unintentional) can be severe in college. 

Library Databases

Places to find topic ideas:

Suggested Topics - English 11

This is a list of suggested topics that you might consider for your research paper. There are many other options, so don't feel limited by this list. Make sure you choose something interesting!

Recommended Resources (And More Topic Ideas)



Issues & Controversies

Username: erhigh
Password: bombers

WARNING! Many of these articles are older. While they may help you with your arguments, the information needs to be verified by more current sources.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Password: bombers


Finding Resources

Guidance on Finding Quality Resources

1.) Evaluating Websites

This document reviews ideas on where and how to find information for your paper.


2.) Wikipedia Trick

Use Wikipedia to find out more about the reliability and reputation of an organization/person. From Wikipedia, you can get a summary about the organization/person and it may help you decide if you want to trust them. Watch the video below for a refresher on this skill.