On campus? Visit the JWU Writing Lab at either the Academic Success Center at Downcity or Harborside for fast and easy help with assignments. Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, peer-to-peer or professsional writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. For in-person tutoring, help with accommodations for students living with disabilities, and study-skills workshops, contact the Academic Success Center, via USucceed in jwulink, Academics tab.
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Wondering how to get started on your Problem/Solution research paper? No worries! Your first challenge is to choose an interesting topic, and then focus in on the most fascinating angle. Researching multiple approaches to solving the problem creates the strongest argument.
Example: If you were to choose Texting While Driving as the topic, you might recognize texting as a problem, but research the ways in which current laws criminalizing texting while driving are problematic and ineffective, opening the door to multiple creative solutions. In this article from Academic Search Complete, Texting while Driving Meets the Fourth Amendment: Deterring both Texting and Warrantless Cell Phone Searches, the author argues that texting while driving is dangerous (problem) and should be punished with fines, jail time, license suspensions, and interlock devices that prevent use of phones while driving (solutions).However, the author also raises another problem, warrantless cell phone searches, and suggests "trading a confession for a search" as a possible solution.
Pro-Tip: Start with Academic Search Complete by simply clicking the Articles tab on the library's home page.
Use Academic Search Complete to search for articles on specific angles for your Problem & Solution paper. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly, or magazine articles on "Distracted Driving" or "Cell Phones", along with your angle, such as "Texting Ban" or "Alcohol".