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ENG 111 & EDE 11: College Composition I (Nayak-Loudoun)

Research tips for your essay! Direct comments and questions to Eliza Selander,

Guide by Eliza Selander, Librarian

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Welcome to the library! We are here to help you with your American Dream essay for ENG 111.

Ask yourself: Do you prefer taking notes on paper or on a computer--or both? How will you keep track of your research? There is no wrong answer to this question; but organizing yourself before you begin research will help you be more efficient in your work.

Goals for Our Library Research Sessions

Goal 1. Come up with 2-3 topic ideas. Identify at least 5-10 key concepts that interest you about one of these ideas.

Goal 2. Find background information to help you select your topic.

Goal 3. Identify at least two ways to get research assistance from the library.

Goal 1. Identify at least 5-10 key concepts that interest you about your topic, and form your research question.

Goal 2. Find at least two sources in class today using article databases. Save them so that you can find them later. It's OK if you don't end up using them in your final paper!

Goal 3: Use the citation tools to cite your sources properly.