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ENC 1101 (Selitto): Select Sources

Instructions

Here you will begin to collect information on your topic. Complete all activities in boxes 3, 4 and 5.

3. Find Sources for Background Information

Always begin your research by collecting background information. The library has several databases that contain background information and overviews of controversial issues. To access library databases, you must first log in to your library account online.

Watch the video below for instructions.

 

Open a new browser tab, and log in to your library account.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is one library database that is useful for collecting background information on controversial issues. Watch the video below for instructions on using Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

 

Follow the link to Opposing Viewpoints in Context, below, and find 1-2 articles that relate to your topic.

  • E-mail the articles to yourself
  • Enter the article information on your Proposal Worksheet.

4. Find Multimedia Sources

Collecting a variety of formats and points of view will strengthen your understanding of the topic. In addition to books and articles, some library databases contain multimedia sources.

​Watch the video below for instructions.

 

Follow the link to Films on Demand and find 1-2 videos that relate to your topic.

  • Copy and paste, or e-mail the links to yourself
  • Enter the information on your Proposal Worksheet.

5. Find Books

The amount of information online is vast, but surprisingly, many books are still only available in print (hard copy) formats. While articles can provide a brief and nuanced look at a topic, lengthier books might provide a greater degree of context.

Watch the video below for instructions on finding books in the Library Catalog.

 

Follow the link below to access the Library Catalog and find 1-2 print books that relate to your topic.

  • Write down the call number for each book
  • Enter each book's information on your Proposal Worksheet.

Need Additional Sources?

If, after completing boxes 3, 4 and 5, you do not have 5-6 possible sources on your topic, try these additional databases:

Need Additional Help?

If you're having problems accessing any of the sources contained in this page, problems finding information on your topic, or problems with this guide itself, contact the library: