- Selecting Appropriate Keywords
- Pre-search Your Topic
- Find a Scholarly Article
English Composition I Research Worksheet
You can download or print the worksheet using the icons on the top left of the document
If you have any questions as you do your research, contact the Subject Specialist listed on the right side of the screen or stop in the library anytime to get help from a librarian.
It's important to understand the different types of sources you'll encounter in your research. There are significant differences between newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books and websites. This video explains how information gets created by the publishing cycle.
DON'T search for:
- "What study skills are the most helpful for students to succeed in college"
DO search for:
- study skills AND students AND college
Sample Topic: Is a college degree worth the money, or are street smarts as valuable in the real world?
Quotation marks tell the search to find the entire phrase, not just each individual word.
Multiple concepts can be connected in a search using AND:
"college degree" and worth
Multiple terms that mean close to the same thing can be connected in a search using OR:
"college degree" or "formal education"
The learner will be able to identify the best combination of keywords to find sources on a specific topic.
Background information can be found in:
- Books - search the library catalog at http://library.raritanval.edu/catalog
- Websites - not all websites will be worth quoting or citing in your paper, but they may be helpful to find out more about unfamiliar topics
- CQ Researcher - lengthy overview articles about social issues and current events
- Points of View Reference Center - newspaper and magazine articles about social issues, especially controversial ones that have different viewpoints
- Credo Reference - reference database for encyclopedic information, like basic definitions, explanations and facts
View this video to learn how to search CQ Researcher.
Access CQ Researcher from the library's Databases page: http://library.raritanval.edu/databases
Identifying Scholarly Articles
The link below will take you to an example of a scholarly article in a library database. Skim this article for the features you just learned about to get an idea of the kinds of articles you will be expected to find for your scholarly article source.
Learning Skills & Motivation: Correlates to Superior Academic Performance
If your professor instructed you to take the quiz, be sure to correctly enter YOUR G# and your PROFESSOR's email address in the boxes. Your professor will receive an email notification that you've completed the quiz and will be able to see your results.
Go to the quiz: http://library.raritanval.edu/Infolit1/assignments/engcomp1quiz.cfm
For more resources on a variety of social issues
MLA Citation Guide
For example MLA Citation formats
Create an account and use this to save information about your sources and create a Works Cited page
Finding Citation Information for Websites
A video tutorial on how to find the pieces of information you will need to cite a website
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