ENGL 1301 Current Issues - Marvin Williams Research Guide - LSC-North Harris
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Find a Topic
- Think about a controversial issue and what you are trying to answer.
- List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic. What are the related terms? Synonyms? Who? What? When? Where?
Choose Key Words
These words are the main concepts of your topic statement. Before you begin looking for information, select up to 3 key words to begin your research. To save time, generate a list of related key words to use for back up information searches.
SAMPLE TOPIC: The Problem of Binge Drinking by College Students Cannot Be Solved by Banning Alcohol Use on Campus
PRIMARY SUBJECT: binge drinking OR college students, alcohol
KEY WORDS: binge drinking, college students, ban, alcohol
RELATED WORDS: campus, hazing, fraternities
Separate your keywords and phrases with "and"
Statistical Abstracts of the United States (Proquest)
For additional resources see other databases found in Current Issues.
Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.
Use the Library Catalog
- Enter search terms.
- Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
- Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
- To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
- To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.
Library Catalog Video Tutorials
Select sources of information carefully. Can you believe everything you hear or read?
Books, television programs, Web pages, and friends don't always provide 100% factual information.
Review information sources for:
Use the questions provided on the Evaluating Information Checklist.
See video tutorials:
Model Essays - from the LSC-North Harris English Department
SEA English Tutoring - LSC-North Harris
Locate writing help on the Web at the following sites:
- Bartleby.com Reference (includes dictionary, encyclopedia, thesauri, quotation collections, word usage, etc.)
- Elements of Style (classic composition guide)
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) (includes information on research, grammar, mechanics, style guides, and more)
- Writer's Handbook - from the The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center (includes grammar & style information)
Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)
- 2016 MLA 8 two-page short
- MLA 8 Style Works Cited (PDF, 9 pgs.) uploaded August 8, 2016
- MLA 8 Containers Worksheet (1 pg.) Structured template to create citations
Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)
- MLA Herding Cats Sample Paper (2015)
- Citing Government Information (from LSC-North Harris)
- Diana Hacker's Sample Paper (Bedford/St. Martin's Press)
- Diana Hacker's List of Works Cited (Bedford/St. Martin's Press)
- MLA In-Text Citations (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
- MLA Style Center (Writing Resources from the Modern Language Association, covering 8th edition)