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ENG 106 Composition II : Start with Reference

In the Beginning

There are many ways to start research. 

One place is with General Resources.

These are encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other reference sources that give an overview or broad picture of your topic. You should consider starting your research process with General Resources if:

  • You are starting research on an unfamiliar topic
  • You need some background information on your topic
  • You find gaps in your information and want to fill them in

Another Helpful Source

General Resources in the A.C. Buehler Library

Reference Resources Exercise

Choose one of the electronic reference databases above. Do a search for a topic like

  • your favorite invertebrate (for example, earthworm)
  • a historical period you're interested in
  • a sporting event (like the World Cup or the Olympics)

. Complete the attached worksheet, answering the questions based on your results.

Some argument book series

The Library has several book series:

  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Global Viewpoints
  • Current Controversies
  • Taking Sides

which are good for beginning research, and for exploring a range of possibilities for research questions and argument theses. See the examples linked above, or search for your topic in the catalog. Just add the series name in the search box with your topic.