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ENGL 01A Baker: Welcome

College Composition and Reading

About this Guide

Thanks for completing the Canvas module!

This class guide has information that could be useful as you work on your assignment, including recommended reference sources and scholarly books, database recommendations and database tutorials, a review of search strategies, MLA citation resources, and a quick way to get in touch with faculty librarians.

Cheat Sheet for Launching Your Research

  1. Think about the prompt and what you're interested in researching.
  2. Note keywords, synonyms, & other related words that represent your research interest.
  3. Craft a search in Academic Search Complete as a starting place. 
  4. Run your search and narrow your results by limiters.
    • Check the box for Full Text
    • Source type - select magazines and / or peer-reviewed scholarly articles
    • Dates - refine if needed
  5. Skim your results. Read the summaries / abstracts to decide if you should put more time into reading the actual sources.
  6. Email and download any articles that seem relevant. Save the citation information. You will likely need to edit citations.
  7. Revise your search as needed.
  8. Try the other databases recommended in this guide.
  9. Get research help from a faculty librarian if you're still stuck.