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COMM170/171 College Communications 2

Welcome to Centennial College's COMM170/171 College Communications 2 library guide. This guide will introduce you to the processes and resources needed to successfully complete your papers and assignments.

ACTIVITY: Start Writing

Critiquing Argument

What is your opinion on your chosen topic from your chosen textbook reading? What other opinions might one have on this topic?

Peer Share

In pairs, share your free write. With your partner, provide a different perspective that others might have for their chosen topic. 

Developing a Research Question: An Example


1. Start with answering the who, what, where, when of your topic to identify the factual information. 

2. Use the factual information to answer the why and how of your topic. 

3. Use the why/how, which are viewpoints, to develop an initial research question.


The Twitter Trap by Bill Keller, New York Times Magazine, May 18, 2011

Answer the following questions:

  1. Who (people or organization) are involved?
  2. What is happening? What's the issue?
  3. When does it happen or when does the issue occur?
  4. Where does it happen or where does the issue occur?

Now answer:

  1. Why do we see this issue?
  2. How does it happen?

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For the Why/How section of the worksheet, think of possible answers for the why/how of your topic. 

Why and How Example Questions you may answer:

  1. Why did the writer give this position?
  2. How did the writer come to their conclusion?
  3. Why do we see this issue?
  4. How does this issue arise?
  5. How can their argument be opposed/critiqued?

Creating a Research Question Worksheet

Evaluate Sources Checklist

Course Book

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