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ENGL 01A White: Welcome

College Composition and Reading

About this Guide

Thanks for completing the Canvas modules! This class guide has other information that could be useful as you work on your assignment, including database recommendations and database tutorials. Explore the tabs for more details, but use the cheat sheet below to quickly launch your search for information.

Cheat Sheet for Launching Your Research

1. Complete the Using OneSearch tutorial. OneSearch helps you find the library's print books, textbooks, eBooks, & articles from some library databases.

2. Note keywords, synonyms, & other related words that represent your topic. Keep in mind, you may have to look up different aspects of your topic using separate searches. 

3. Craft a search in OneSearch.

4. Run your search & narrow your results with filters.

5. Skim your results. Read the summaries / abstracts to decide if you should put more time into reading the actual sources.

6. Email & download any electronic sources that seem relevant. Save the citation information. You will likely need to edit citations.

7. Revise your search as needed.

8. Also try searching in at least 2-3 of the suggested databases.

  • Watch or find video tutorials
  • Narrow your results using the full-text, date, and publication / source type filters if available / needed.
  • Email & download relevant results. Save the citation information. You will likely need to edit citations.

9. Get research help from a faculty librarian for more ideas and suggestions. There is more to research than searching, and we can help you tackle how to best read and use sources, too.