ENG1001: Principles of Writing
These are recommended databases to get you started searching for articles in specific subject areas. In each database you can limit your search by date.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context This database presents overviews of controversial topics and provides a wide range of articles, reports, audio and more detailing the various sides of each issue.
- Academic Search Premier This is a good all-purpose database with many full text articles from scholarly journals as well as magazines and newspapers. It covers a wide range of subjects.
- Proquest Research Library This is a good general database, covering a wide variety of subjects. There are abstracts and full-text articles from a number of scholarly journals and magazines.
- New York Times for current reports, opinions, and editorials.
- Health Reference Center Academic contains information from the nursing and allied health fields as well as news and information about personal health.
If you want to expand your search, you can browse all of our available databases by subject.
Books in the Main Stacks
The main stacks (or “Oakdale Circulating”) contain the bulk of the books that you can check out. Search your topic by keyword in the library catalog to find books. Search phrases in quotes (“climate change”). Keep in mind any alternative ways of describing your topic.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
It is a good idea to ground yourself in your topic by getting a general overview. Dictionaries and encyclopedias help you understand the context of your topic and give you a sense of the terms, people, institutions, and prominent events involved. These can all serve as important keywords to use when searching for books and articles.
Credo is a database made up of hundreds of encyclopedias and reference sources. It’s a great first stop to help you define and understand your topic.
Bank, B. J., Delamont, S., & Marshall, C. (2007). Gender and education: An encyclopedia. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers.
Ref LC213 .G425 2007
Callicott, J. B., & Frodeman, R. (2009). Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA
Ref GE42 .E533 2009
Lerner, B. W., & Lerner, K. L. (2008). Climate change: In context. Farmington Hills, Mich: Gale, Cengage Learning.
Ref QC981.8.C5 C5114123 2008
Staples, W. G. (2007). Encyclopedia of privacy. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press
Ref JC596.2.U5 E53 2007
Svendsen, C., & Ebert, A. D. (2008). Encyclopedia of stem cell research. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
Ref QH588.S83 E53 2008
Vaidya, A. K. (2006). Globalization: Encyclopedia of trade, labor, and politics. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.
Ref HF1359 .G5854 2006
The Library has collected web sites under a variety of subjects to help you get started on your research.
Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
Basic citation guide.
Basic citation guide.
- Tips on avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.