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ENGL 01A Piro: Welcome

College Composition and Reading

About this Guide

Welcome, ENGL 01A! My name is Lindsay Davis, Faculty Reference Librarian. Many academic librarians, including those at Merced College, are professors who work with other professors to teach students research skills in the traditional or online classroom. Librarians also work with students one-on-one in person, online, or via text or phone call. 

Animated image of stacks of papers with a magnifying glass hovering over it, as though a person is looking down at their desk; a smartphone and coffee cup are on either side of the imageUse the tabs in this research guide to help you:

  • recognize major types of sources
  • learn a strategy for evaluating information
  • understand what library databases are
  • learn how to select library databases to search in
  • learn how to communicate with library databases
  • identify databases & websites that are useful for finding scholarly articles, eBooks, & local news articles - there are tutorials, too!
  • cite sources in MLA format
  • get in contact with faculty reference librarians who can guide you through all aspects of research -- you can chat, text, call, & see us in person at the Information Desk!