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Welcome to the English 102 research guide for Dr. Ian Stapley's class. This guide will help you find resources to complete your library assignments. Click on the tabs above for further assistance as you begin your research. Always remember you can ask the Reference Librarian for help!
Choose a search scope in the dropdown menu or access advanced search through this link.
- Everything: Searches every type of material accessible through the Lewis Library, including print books, e-books, journals, newspapers, etc.
- Library Catalog: Searches physical items, such as print books, print journals, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks immediately available through the Library
- Articles: Searches databases for digital materials such as academic journal articles, newspaper & magazine articles, reports, and reference entries. You can also search the databases directly to take advantage of additional search features
- Course Reserves: Searches textbooks and other materials reserved by instructors
Databases contain journal articles, ebooks, media, and news resources.
Enter title keywords to find a specific database. For example, Academic OneFile or JSTOR. Or browse them by subject here.
Enter a keyword to search for Library research guides for your class or topic. For example, ENG101 or Nursing.
Finding a Topic that Interests You
Choose a topic that really interests you and your research will be more enjoyable.
Having trouble thinking of a topic to research? Here are some ideas to help:
- Scan your textbooks for broad topic ideas.
- Read current magazines and newspapers to see what catches your eye. Paper copies are located on the 4th floor of the library, and electronic versions are available full text in many of our databases.
- Browse print and electronic encyclopedias.
- Talk to a librarian, your professor, or a friend about ideas.
Narrowing Your Topic
To narrow down a topic that is too broad or unwieldy, consider these questions:
What is the time period of your research? For example, the last two years, the 18th century, or a comparison of the 1960s and the 1990s.
What is the geographic location of your research? For example, the Western Hemisphere, New York State, or Niagara County.
On what aspect of your topic will you focus? For example, the social, psychological, legal, medical, or economic aspects.
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