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ENG 111: College Composition I (Hughes-Loudoun)

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

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:  "Video Games"

YES:  "Video Games" and "addiction"

NO:  How does video game addiction affect the socialization of teenagers?

Getting Started - Resources for Background Information


The Credo Reference database includes a

great MindMap tool (see example at right)

to help you brainstorm topic ideas.


You'll find another great brainstorming

tool in the Opposing Viewpoints database:

Click on "Browse Issues" to see a long list

of topic ideas in alphabetical order.


Find more databases below: