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This Guide was created especially for Dr. Blandon's English 103 class. Enjoy!
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Sources Checklist

Make sure you at least have the following sources:

  • 3 Primary Sources
  • 4 Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal articles
  • 2 additional sources (for example: books, magazine articles, academic websites, etc.)

Keywords! Keywords! Keywords!

If you're having trouble finding articles on your research topic, try to contextualize your research question in the broader issue framework. Examples from the library orientation are provided below. 

Prompt # 1

  • Apple iPhone
  • FBI
  • Hacking
  • Terrorism
  • National Security
  • Privacy
  • [Cyber] Security
  • Cell Phones
  • Unlocking 
  • Software
  • Mobile Technology
  • Data Collection

Prompt # 2

  • Edward Snowden
  • Whistleblower
  • NSA
  • Data Collection
  • Freedom of Information
  • Surveillance
  • Big Data
  • Information Leak
  • Classified Information
  • National Security
  • Terrorism

Research Help

Visit the library's Research Help Desk in-person or over the phone during library hours to speak with a librarian.

You can also get research help 24/7 via the Ask A Librarian chat service.



Welcome English 103 students to your online research guide! Below are the prompts you have to choose from for your research essay and I've also attached the entire prompt in this box.

If you need help finding sources for your assignment, visit the Research Help Desk! Make sure to share your prompt questions and/or the entire attached PDF with the librarian so they can best assist you with your assignment. 

Assignment 4: Research Paper - Privacy

Prompt #1: Was Apple justified in refusing to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters?

Prompt #2: Is Edward Snowden a hero/whistleblower for disclosing the possibly illegal surveillance programs of the U.S. government, or is he a traitor for leaking classified information?


Is Apple Right in Defying the FBI?


Leakers: Saints or Villains?

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