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ENG 111: College Composition I - Raising Community Awareness with a Library Display (Schroder - Alexandria)

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Library Catalog/Database Search Tips

  • For more results than just books, click on Advanced Search or EVERYTHING.  This includes books and also magazine, journal, and newspaper articles.
  • Select the fewest words possible to type into the search box -- just the ones most important to your topic. 
                          What is the cost or value of a college degree?
  • Type   AND   between each new word or idea.  For example: 
          college degree AND value
          college degree AND cost

  • Put quotation marks (" ") around phrases.  For example: 
         "higher education"    "community college"  
  • Use synonyms and related terms. For example:
         college degree AND valuable
         college degree AND benefits

         college degree AND success
         college degree AND debt

         college degree AND employment
         college degree AND artist AND employment

  • Use filters to refine your list of results:
    • Type of Source: Peer-reviewed journals, Newspaper Articles, Books, etc.
    • Publication Date
    • Location (e.g., a campus or Full Text Online)

Resources for Parts 1 and 2 of Essay Two

Part 1: Argument Essay

  • Use the Library Catalog's "Advanced Search" or the EVERYTHING button to find information on your topic. 
    This will find books and also magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles.  
    Use the information you find to support your argument on why it is important for the NOVA campus community to know about your topic.

Part 2: Identify 5-6 Books You'd Recommend to Others to Learn about Your Topic 

[Not sure how to organize your recommended books? Download/make a copy of this proposal template to complete and submit to your instructor. To view the template, you will be prompted to log in through MyNOVA.] 

  • Select BOOKS & eBOOKS above the Library Catalog search box.  Limit your results to the Alexandria Campus Library (if you are taking this class online, you may use ebooks).