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Welcome, English 100 Students!
This guide will help you:

  • Find sources -- books, credible websites, and articles -- that you can use for your argumentative research essay.
  • Learn what a database is
  • Save and cite sources

You will need:

  • 6 sources total
  • At least 2 books (including Fast Food Nation and/or Stuffed and Starved)
  • At least 2 print sources (online versions of printed periodicals are OK)
  • Internet sources must be from credible sites



Possible topics


  • teenage workers
  • junk food in high schools
  • advertising in high schools
  • free speech in high schools
  • obesity in teenagers
  • obesity in the US
  • obesity in the world
  • genetically modified foods
  • food additives or food poisoning
  • animal cruelty
  • vegetarianism or veganism
  • the FDA, OSHA
  • development of California highways or cities
  • development of California agriculture
  • food safety
  • the meat-packing industry and unions 
  • immigrants in the meat-packing industry
  • immigrants in the US
  • unions in the US
  • the global justice movement
  • farming and free trade agreements, consolidation of the food industry