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ENGL 1301 Current Issues - Marvin Williams Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Find a Topic

  1. Think about a controversial issue and what you are trying to answer.
  2. 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

Research Databases

Separate your keywords and phrases with "and"
For example:  binge drinking and college students

Academic Search Complete

LexisNexis Academic 

ProQuest's National Newspapers Core

  • Search major national newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Video Tutorial: Searching in ProQuest Newspapers

Statistical Abstracts of the United States (Proquest)

  • Find statistical data on the United States population, industries, and more.
  • Video Tutorial: PQ Statistical Abstract

For additional resources see other databases found in Current Issues.

Library Catalog

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

Evaluate Information

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:

  • reliability
  • purpose
  • balance
  • currency
  • coverage

Use the questions provided on the Evaluating Information Checklist.

See video tutorials:


Write Correctly

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:

MLA Style


Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)






Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)









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