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ENGL 2 Leal

Guide to ENGL 2 Research

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Guide to English 2 Research

Library II

Questions?  Use Ask a Librarian


1. What object or symbol are you researching?

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What does this object represent, and to who?  What interests you about this object?  Write down your research questions.

Use the websites and databases below to find background information and keywords.

2.  Keywords to Search Effectively


3.  Find Sources:  OneSearch 

  • one magazine article
  • one scholarly journal article
  • one image
  • one Book -- print or eBook

4.  Primary Sources

Consider what might be a primary source for your topic:

  • Images
  • Maps
  • Data
  • Interviews
  • Memoirs 

5.  Evaluate & Cite your Sources

  • Review your sources:  are they interesting?  Credible?  Diverse?
  • Revisit your topic:  do you have any new questions, or keywords?
  • Cite your sources.  Remember to take advantage of the database citation tools

Library I

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What do you need help with?

  • Developing a topic

  • Search terms

  • Search strategies

  • Evaluating sources

  • MLA citation

What is your research topic?

  • Context, such as the history of U.S. immigration policy?
  • Genre, such a memoir?
  • Issues, such as the impact of family separation?

Citations & Attributions

Image of books by Ed Robertson is in the Public Domain, CC0