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English (EN) - Composition: I-Search Paper

A guide to resources for English composition classes.

What is an I-Search Paper?

Some English instructors will have you I-Search papers for your English class. What is an I-Search paper?

  • It's usually less formal than a traditional research paper
  • You choose a topic relevant to your life--like parenting, a hobby, or something related to your career
  • You will often first write what you know from your own experience
  • You will usually use first-person when writing the paper (for example, "I want to know more about...")
  • Other guidelines will be explained to you by your instructor

I-Search Paper Information

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