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A cause and effect essay explains the cause of a problem and details the resulting effect. You will collect and evaluate evidence to support your position.
Identify Your Topic
Identify your topic (be specific) – in most cases, you will choose a contemporary topic.
What topic are you going to research?
Example: Teen Driver Accidents
List the causes of your topic.
Cause 1 - Teens have less experience driving and avoiding other bad drivers than adults. Cause 2 - Teens have a high incidence of "distracted driving" (e.g. texting while driving, putting on makeup, etc).
Cause 3 - Teens have a high incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances.
List the effects of your topic.
Effect 1 - Higher insurance costs for teen drivers. Effect 2 - Teens have a high incidence of injury or mortality.
Browse Topics/ Collect Facts & Evidence
Here are some places in the databases to EXPLORE"hot"topics or conversations--
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Provides access to popular Gale specialized encyclopedias and resources in arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, science, social science and more. PROVIDES WORD and PAGE COUNT for EACH ARTICLE when browsing.
Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. Our collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers. Credo’s collection is intelligently integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.
Multidisciplinary database with more extensive full text holdings than Academic Search Premier, including over 9,000 full text journals. Includes 459 unique titles (54% of its collection) as compared to current GCC Library databases.
Collect Recent News
Use these databases to find specific EXAMPLES of how your topic impacts people in the real world.
Provides full-text access to more than 2,300 major U.S., regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading international titles. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.