Library Resources for ENGL 1023 – Rhetoric and Research Writing
For general guidance and information, see our Choosing a Topic tutorial.
In this class, you are asked to objectively investigate a contemporary social, political, or economic issue or topic facing Americans today. The library has several series of books you may find helpful when deciding on your topic:
Two series of books, Current Controversies and Opposing Viewpoints, explore current issues in a pro/con format. Each book is a collection of essays in which authors debate different sides of a specific issue. Every chapter deals with a separate subtopic of the overall issue, and every “pro” chapter has a corresponding “con” chapter.
Click on a link below to view the books that the library has in each series:
The Information Plus Reference Series presents comprehensive summaries of the most recent information on current issues, with an emphasis on scientific studies, surveys, and statistics. Each chapter examines a subtopic of the overall issue.
Click on the link below to view the books that the library has in this series.
Finding Background Information
Original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Controversial topics are addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner.
Online encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
The online version of one of the most authoritative and comprehensive general encyclopedias
Recommended Article Databases
For recommended databases in a specific subject, click on the Research link at the top of the page and choose your subject area under the Subject/Class heading.
The following are all interdisciplinary databases:
One of the best sources for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on all academic subjects
Covers all subject areas — find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, dissertations and theses, and more
Articles from core journals in many academic disciplines
Guides and Tutorials
Developing keywords; Boolean operators and other search tools; choosing a database.
General principles for evaluating sources of information using the following criteria: currency, authority, relevance, reliability, and purpose/point of view.
Understanding what “peer-reviewed” means; how to limit database searches to peer-reviewed articles; verifying peer-reviewed status.
Other guides and tutorials can be found by clicking the Research link at the top of the page.
Access EasyBib; quick guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian; and more. Click on Research at the top of the page and look under the “Bibliography” heading for additional resources.