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Definition Paper
English 1A Paper 3 Definition Paper
Choose one of the following topics to research. Depending on the term you choose, you will need to give its history / origins, descriptions, explanations, examples, important people involved, any changes, and any other important background facts. In other words, your paper answers the question “What is ______________?”
Animal Rights
Child obesity                                                   Immigration Law                                                       
Cloning                                                            Legalization of Marijuana
Cyberbullying                                                  NSA (National Security Agency)
Drones (military, commercial, or private)     Welfare Drug Testing
Euthanasia
Gay Marriage (Same-Sex Marriage)
Genetically Modified Foods
Gun Control

For paper 3, you will write an extended definition, 3 (full) – 5 pages that define one of the words  / terms above. A definition essay does far more than provide a technical and basic dictionary definition; it will give a more thorough idea about what characterizes the word, where it is found, what it is not, etc.
There are many strategies to extend a definition and provide a clear idea about meaning:
·         You can begin with a dictionary definition.
·         Consider the origins of the word. When did it begin? First records?
·         Identify whether or not the word’s meaning has changed or evolved over time.
·         Explain how it works. (if it has a process).
·         Define by negation (say what it is NOT).
·         Associate the word with key people, places, or events.
·         Compare and contrast the word with other familiar words.
·         Give examples.
·         Describe the term.
A Thesis for a definition paper will avoid phrases such as “is when” or “is where”. For instance, you wouldnot say Cyberbullyingis when. . . . Instead, classify or categorize the term, such as: Cyberbullying is the deliberate act of . . . .

More directions on page 2 below.
You must conduct research before you can provide an accurate and complete definition.
While your first response may be to search Google or another Internet site, I strongly suggest you visit the Mt. SAC Library’s databases first. These database are like search engines, yet they are more refined and not publically accessible.
·         Go to library.mtsac.edu
·         Click the Databases tab
·         If you are using a computer off-campus, you’ll need to enter your portal ID and password.
·         Click “search our databases by title”
·         Search the various databases (and descriptions). My suggestions:
o   Academic Search Premiere
o   CQ Researcher
o   Issues & Controversies (Facts on File)
o   Once you click on a database, enter search words. You may need to vary the word(s) and phrases you use to search your topic.
o   Keep track of the sources you used. You will need to cite the source and create a works cited page.
You will be borrowing information. This is NOT the time to forget how to quote borrowed words and provide in-text parenthetical citations for borrowed words AND ideas.


Definition Paper

English 1A Paper 3 Definition Paper
Choose one of the following topics to research. Depending on the term you choose, you will need to give its history / origins, descriptions, explanations, examples, important people involved, any changes, and any other important background facts. In other words, your paper answers the question “What is ______________?”
Animal Rights
Child obesity                                                   Immigration Law                                                       
Cloning                                                            Legalization of Marijuana
Cyberbullying                                                  NSA (National Security Agency)
Drones (military, commercial, or private)     Welfare Drug Testing
Euthanasia
Gay Marriage (Same-Sex Marriage)
Genetically Modified Foods
Gun Control

For paper 3, you will write an extended definition, 3 (full) – 5 pages that define one of the words  / terms above. A definition essay does far more than provide a technical and basic dictionary definition; it will give a more thorough idea about what characterizes the word, where it is found, what it is not, etc.

There are many strategies to extend a definition and provide a clear idea about meaning:
·         You can begin with a dictionary definition.
·         Consider the origins of the word. When did it begin? First records?
·         Identify whether or not the word’s meaning has changed or evolved over time.
·         Explain how it works. (if it has a process).
·         Define by negation (say what it is NOT).
·         Associate the word with key people, places, or events.
·         Compare and contrast the word with other familiar words.
·         Give examples.
·         Describe the term.
A Thesis for a definition paper will avoid phrases such as “is when” or “is where”. For instance, you wouldnot say Cyberbullyingis when. . . . Instead, classify or categorize the term, such as: Cyberbullying is the deliberate act of . . . .
More directions on page 2 below.
You must conduct research before you can provide an accurate and complete definition.
While your first response may be to search Google or another Internet site, I strongly suggest you visit the Mt. SAC Library’s databases first. These database are like search engines, yet they are more refined and not publically accessible.
·         Go to library.mtsac.edu
·         Click the Databases tab
·         If you are using a computer off-campus, you’ll need to enter your portal ID and password.
·         Click “search our databases by title”
·         Search the various databases (and descriptions). My suggestions:
o   Academic Search Premiere
o   CQ Researcher
o   Issues & Controversies (Facts on File)
o   Once you click on a database, enter search words. You may need to vary the word(s) and phrases you use to search your topic.
o   Keep track of the sources you used. You will need to cite the source and create a works cited page.
You will be borrowing information. This is NOT the time to forget how to quote borrowed words and provide in-text parenthetical citations for borrowed words AND ideas.