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Examples Of Topical Essays

A.The pressure is mounting, the pain is unbearable, thoughts are racing through your head, you just can’t go on any longer and then the erry sound of silence.

B.Suicide has been defined as “any death that is the direct or indirect result of a positive or negative act accomplished by the victim, knowing or believing the act will produce this result” [Maris 1991]. Teen suicide is a growing health concern in the US as it is the third leading cause of death among young people.

C.Teenagers die every day in the United States, not just from illnesses or accidents, but by their own hands. Here in Alexandria, Louisiana, my daughter’s classmate just committed suicide a few days ago.

D.In order to better understand teen suicide, it is important to explore the causes of teen suicide, what are the symptoms and/or signs, and what can be done to prevent teen suicide.

E.To start with examining some of the causes, and the signs and/or symptoms and determine what can be done to prevent teen suicide.

The original print version of the American Women research guide contained five topical essays, each exploring an aspect of women's history by analyzing resources held in different Library divisions. The purpose of these essays was to demonstrate for researchers how to identify collections relevant to a topic that are physically separated across the Library's twelve major reference centers.

Slightly modified for online navigation, the essays complement the division-by-division collection descriptions that constitute the bulk of the research guide. They permit discussions of topics only briefly mentioned in the broader divisional overviews, and they illustrate how different aspects of American women's history may be investigated by focusing on:

  • events–1913 suffrage parade
  • people–Marian MacDowell
  • movements–campaign for the equal rights amendment
  • geographical regions–California before 1850
  • types of material–pictorial representations of American women before 1800.

Many more topics and avenues of research await the staff's attention, and additional essays will be added in the future. For now, the original five essays are available together with historian Susan Ware's introduction to the book and a brief piece describing the 1780 broadside "The Sentiments of An American Woman," which graced the end papers of the print volume.