This library page contains resources for your research project assignment.
Students will research a topic/research question and make an argument related to themes in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The themes/topics from the book can be seen in the blue tabs across the top (Healthcare, Medical Ethics, etc.).
Read all of the articles for your topic, and choose three of them (you may choose to find additional resources if you wish, such as video, interviews, websites, etc). Working together, teams will write a 2 page (800 words minimum) paper on the topic. During 10th week and finals week of class, teams will present their topic and defend their argument to the class.
See the course syllabus for research paper requirements.
Many of the resources listed on this page were gathered by the Portland Community College Library to support their Common Reading Program.
Common Reading Program
The Writing Process
Paper Writing Help
Short video tutorials from the CLIP project.
- Developing a Topic
Learn to develop an appropriate topic for a research paper by considering goals, approaches, topic scope, and helpful resources.
- Generating Search Terms
Learn to generate effective search terms for database or web searching in this tutorial.
- Incorporating Sources into Your Research Paper
Learn to structure, analyze and use sources to support an argument in your research paper in this tutorial.
Cite Sources and Avoid Plagiarism
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is using other people's ideas without giving them proper credit for it. When you do this, you are implying that the ideas are your own. Doing this violates ethical standards. It can also endanger your grade. Use these resources to cite sources and avoid plagiarism:
Get help from Pierce Library
- See Research Help on the library web site.
- Ask a Librarian by email.
- Call (541) 962-3780 any time the library is open.
- Visit the library in person.
More help at EOU
Accessing Library Resources
Some of the articles linked here are made available through databases to which the library subscribes. You may need to enter your student ID number and library password for authentication (to verify you are an EOU student, faculty or staff member).
Your library password, if you have never changed it, will be your last name, all lower case.