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ENG 1020 (Fall 2020)

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Determining Credibility

Scenario: You have to write a short paper for an ENG 1020 class on the topic of how gender and race impact media representation.

Using the ABCD criteria on your Google Doc work with your team to score the source you are assigned.

Consider: Can a source be credible, without being peer-reviewed? Who counts as an "authority" on a topic? Can a source be credible if focused on a specific aspect of a topic? Is your source credible?

Pro-Tip: Each team evaluates ONE of the following sources and adds in comments for share-out on this Google Doc

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The JWU Writing Lab is open for online appointments.

Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. 

Top Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:

  1.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1785  
  2.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: In jwulink, click Academics tab,  Academic Support Services.

For 24/7 free online revision feedback, submit your paper to Smarthinking. Look for the link in jwuLink, under the Academics tab, under Academic Support Services.


Start here:

Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on almost any topic. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly articles using keywords such as "texting" or "cell phones", along with your angle, such as "alcohol".

Click Full Text on the left so you can read articles online.

Click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) to read academic, peer reviewed articles.


The JWU library has two style guides: 

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide

However, if you need more in depth guidance on formatting go to the Purdue OWL

Need to talk to someone and seek guidance in real time?

  • If you are an online student, you can go to the online writing center for information about how to contact a writing coach. 
  • If you are a PVD campus student you can schedule an appointment with the writing coach through uSucceed. 

First-Year Reads Program: “This, I Believe” Contest 2020 

As you know, all first-year students are reading pieces from the National Public Radio’s famous “This, I Believe” series. These writings have inspired people across the world to share their stories and perspectives. In ENG1020 (or ENG1024), you will take part in this, as a way to share a common academic experience with your first-year classmates. 

Your ENG1020 (or ENG1024) professor will also be including an assignment that will allow you to write your own “This, I Believe” piece. If you would like to enter the university-wide contest, please let your professor know, so your piece may be considered. There will be three winners chosen. As part of the contest, the winning essays will be shared with the JWU community in some way. 

The essay should be approximately 500 words, following the spirit and general format of the “This, I Believe” series. This year, we would like you to consider the current cultural and societal issues that we are facing. We are not asking you to present solutions to these challenges (whether discussing the health/financial crisis or racial injustice) but to allow this essay to voice something about who you are and what you believe, in the context of these very unique times. 

As with any essay, you will want to state your thesis clearly, which, in this case, will be your “belief.”  You will want to support your essay with clear points that express your views and offer specific examples and observations from your life.  

The essay should be double-spaced in MLA format.  

Essays must be submitted (in digital form) to your ENG1020 (or ENG1024) professor no later than 9/25.  

A committee of English faculty will read the essays, and winners will be announced by early October.  

Here is a link with more examples and some writing suggestions: 

Be brave. Your words are more powerful than you know.  


Explore This I Believe selections for JWU First Year Reads:

This I Believe: Trans-cendent

The Choice to Do It Over Again

The Power of Hello

Black is Beautiful

Our Lives Are Ephemeral

The Magic of Letters

Seeing Beyond Our Differences

America's Beauty Is In Our Diversity

Life Is An Act of Literary Creation

Creating Our Own Happiness

Failure Is A Good Thing

A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love

Culture: A Beautiful Thing

The following Peer Reviewed, Scholarly articles explore themes addressed in the This I Believe selections.  For more information, contact Sarah Naomi Campbell, librarian at Downcity at or via our Ask a Librarian chat service on the library's homepage.

This I Believe: Trans-cendent  Keywords Transgender Identity, Transgender College Students, LGBTQI

Swanbrow Becker, Martin A., et al. “Supporting Transgender College Students: Implications for Clinical Intervention and Campus Prevention.” Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, vol. 31, no. 2, Apr. 2017, pp. 155–176. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/87568225.2016.1253441.

The Choice to Do it All Over Again Keywords: First Generation College, Community College, Resilience, Student-Parents

Carter, Barbara. “Impact of a Student-Scheduled Child Care Program on Parents’ Educational Goals.” Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, vol. 6, no. 2, Jan. 2016, pp. 13–29. EBSCOhost.

The Power of Hello  Keywords: Greeting Behavior, Non-Verbal Communication, Positive Psychology

 Katsumi, Yuta, et al. “When Nonverbal Greetings ‘Make It or Break It’: The Role of Ethnicity and Gender in the Effect of Handshake on Social Appraisals.” Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, vol. 41, no. 4, Dec. 2017, pp. 345–365. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10919-017-0257-0.

Black is Beautiful Keywords: Race, Identity, Surname, Discrimination, Muslim, African American, Black

Feldman, Michelle E., and Allyson J. Weseley. “Which Name Unlocks the Door? The Effect of Tenant Race/Ethnicity on Landlord Response.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. 43, June 2013, pp. E416–E425. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/jasp.12034.

Galarza, Francisco B., and Gustavo Yamada. “Triple Penalty in Employment Access: The Role of Beauty, Race, and Sex.” Journal of Applied Economics, vol. 20, no. 1, May 2017, pp. 29–47. EBSCOhost.

Our Lives Are Ephemeral Keywords: Race, Identity, Surname, Discrimination, Islam, African American, Black

Bruehlman-Senecal, Emma, and Ozlem Ayduk. “This Too Shall Pass: Temporal Distance and the Regulation of Emotional Distress.” Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, vol. 108, no. 2, Feb. 2015, p. 356. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/a0038324.

The Magic of Letters  Keywords: Adult Literacy, Adult Learners, Resilience

Severinsen, Debbie J., et al. “Teaching Strategies That Motivate English Language Adult Literacy Learners to Invest in Their Education: A Literature Review.” Literacy & Numeracy Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 25–42. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5130/lns.v26i1.6260.

Seeing Beyond Our Differences Keywords: Race-relations, Identity, Loving v. Virginia, Interracial Marriage

Canlas, Jerevie M., et al. “Same-Race and Interracial Asian-White Couples: Relational and Social Contexts and Relationship Outcomes.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, vol. 46, no. 3, Summer 2015, pp. 307–328. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3138/jcfs.46.3.307.

America's Beauty Is In Our Diversity Keywords Muslim Identity, Hijab, Identity Negotiation, Social Identity Construction

Simorangkir, Deborah N., and Sigit Pamungkas. “Social Identity Construction and Negotiation among Hijab-Wearing Indonesian University Students.” Journal of Communication & Religion, vol. 41, no. 3, Fall 2018, pp. 14–31. EBSCOhost,

Life Is An Act of Literary Creation Keywords Poetry, Writing -- Identity, Writing - Social Aspects

Molloy, Cathryn. “Multimodal Composing as Healing: Toward a New Model for Writing as Healing Courses.” Composition Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, Fall 2016, pp. 134–152. EBSCOhost,

Creating Our Own Happiness Keywords affect dynamics, momentary mindfulnessmindfulness training, happiness

Rowland, Zarah, et al. “A Mind Full of Happiness: How Mindfulness Shapes Affect Dynamics in Daily Life.” Emotion, Dec. 2018. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/emo0000562.supp (Supplemental).

Failure Is A Good Thing  Keywords Failure, Resilience (Psychology), Experiential Learning

Jing, Tang, et al. “Study of Impact on Undergraduates’ Entrepreneurial Failure Based on the Model of Psychological Resilience-Knowledge Acquisition.” English Language Teaching, vol. 9, no. 8, Jan. 2016, pp. 224–230. EBSCOhost,

A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love Keywords: Homophobia, Gay Men, Coming Out, LGBTQ, Religion, Christianity

McCormick, Adam, and Stephen Baldridge. “Family Acceptance and Faith: Understanding the Acceptance Processes of Parents of LGBTQ Youth.” Social Work & Christianity, vol. 46, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 32–40. EBSCOhost,

Culture: A Beautiful Thing Keywords: Puerto Rican Identity, Mexican Identity, Culture, Dual Identity

Nunez, Anne-Marie, and Gloria Crisp. “Ethnic Diversity and Latino/a College Access: A Comparison of Mexican American and Puerto Rican Beginning College Students.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, vol. 5, no. 2, June 2012, pp. 78–95. EBSCOhost,