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ENG 111: College Composition I (deGuzman-Loudoun)

This guide has been created by librarians to help you find books, articles, videos, and other types of resources related to this program of study. Direct comments to Michael English,

How to Use Reference Books

An encyclopedia is a type of reference book. These are great resources for gathering background information on your topic, as well as for:

  • Defining important vocabulary words related to your topic,
  • Finding a basic overview and main issues related to your topic, and
  • Finding references to additional resources.

Getting Started - Resources for Background Information

Below are a few resources where you can find reports on topics, definitions and encyclopedia article:

Britannica Academic

Britannica has an online site that is similar to Gale's Opposing Viewpoints, 


Credo Reference includes a great Mindmap tool to help you brainstorm topic ideas.

Encyclopedia Search Tips

Since encyclopedia articles focus on basic, general information about a topic, what you type in the search box should also be general:

YES:  "higher education"

YES:  "higher education" AND cost

NO:  ("higher education" OR college or university) AND (cost OR tuition OR fees) AND (roi OR "return on investment" OR value or salary)