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ESOL Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic.  
    • Diego Maradona, soccer player
    • China and customs
    • Mexico and history

Research Databases

Find e-books, streaming videos, and articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

Research Guides

Additional Databases


Library Catalog

Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.


Use the Library Catalog

  • Enter search terms.
    • Diego Maradona
    • China
    • China and customs
  • 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



The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Collection - third floor of the library

  • dictionaries for students of English
  • condensed chapter books (many with corresponding audio) to help learners of English develop vocabulary and reading fluency
  • TOEFL study guides
  • citizenship guides
  • basic non-fiction books

College Success, Study Skills, Test-Taking, & English Grammar - third floor of the library

  • English grammar, vocabulary, and writing:  PE section of the shelves (especially PE 1128 and PE 1413)
  • Dictionaries: PE 1591-2839 section of the shelves 
  • Study skills, college success, time management, test-taking skills:  LB2300s and LB3000s

Reference Collection - third floor of the library

  • general knowldege encyclopedias like the World Book
  • specialized encyclopedias - biographical encycyclopedias, countries & cultures, decades & chronologies
  • dictionaries, including American idioms.

Web Sites

English Language Study and Practice

  • BBC World Service - The BBC began broadcasting to the world in 1932 and now broadcasts in English and 44 other languages to over 140 million regular listeners. BBC World Service provides visual and audio links to news information and access to world culture and entertainment
  • Onlinenewspapers.com - International newspapers, organized by geographical regions, then countries.
  • Voice of America - Multimedia international broadcasting service of news, information, educational, and cultural programming to a worldwide audience.
  • Washington Post World - Includes current news, special reports, and information categorized according to geographical region of the world. Free registration required.
  • Worldwide Newspapers from the Internet Public Library
  • Britannica.com- Provides more than 125,000 sites, selected articles from more than 70 magazines, news from washingtonpost.com, and much more!
  • Information Please- Combines dictionary, encyclopedia, and almanac information into one Internet source.
General Guides
  • Mapquest - A recognized Internet authority for map information, providing information ranging in scope from the local street map to a broader geographic area depiction.
  • National Geographic - Internet version of the periodical with the same title, provides articles and images that illustrate or explain our world and its cultures. Free registration required to read articles.
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map collection - Acclaimed collection of maps arranged by geographic location.
Religion and Philosophy
  • Virtual Religion - Award-winning index of religion sites. (Religion Department, Rutgers University)
MLA Format Guides


Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)






Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)







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