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ENGL 1110

First-year writing program

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Research Help

If you need additional help with your research for this class, including finding articles, organizing your research, or citing your sources, you can visit the reference desk on the first floor of Thompson Library.



For brief questions, please contact the Reference Desk. Spring semester hours are Monday - Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 2 to 6 pm.

You can also visit and use the contact information there (or the links in the "Contact the Libraries!" box above) to call, email, or chat with a reference team member (please let them know you are taking English 1110).


Getting Started

Welcome to the research guide for students enrolled in English 1110! This guide will help you navigate the Libraries' resources, find credible sources, and write appropriately supported and sourced papers. The tabs on the left will explain how to find books, articles, and images using the Libraries' catalogs and databases. The box on the right includes selected general and subject-specific reference and background sources to help you learn more about your topic. Below is a search box for Credo Reference, an online reference library that provides access to over 500 highly-regarded, scholarly reference books for all subject areas.

The tabs within this box include search tips and do-it-yourself tutorials, help with MLA style format, and information about where to find writing and research help in Thompson Library and across campus.

If you need help, visit the reference desk on the first floor of Thompson Library (hours listed in the Research Help box on the left of the page) or contact the Reference Services team using the links in the Contact the Libraries! box.

Bibliography/Works Cited

When you conduct research and write a paper based on that investigation, you are entering a scholarly conversation with those who have discussed the topic before you. In order to direct your reader (in this case, your peers and your instructor) to this previously published information, you will create a bibliography--or Works Cited page--listing the primary and secondary sources you consulted. You will also attribute any direct quotations you use in your paper to the appropriate authors (in-text citation). It's important to cite your sources accurately; above are tutorials and FAQs to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Annotated Bibliography 

An annotated bibliography also includes a summary and/or evaluation. 

Here are some helpful websites with instructions and examples -

The Writing Center at the CSTW offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process for any member of the university community. 

Search for Background Information



What is this searching? Credo Reference covers over three million full-text entries from reference books. These resources provide a great foundation for background information on a topic. More Search Options >>


Selected Reference/Background Sources

Reference or background sources, including general and subject encyclopedias, can give you concise overviews of topics, together with lists of sources for further reading.