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ENGL 103 (L. Wilson): Library Instruction

During COVID-19 Restrictions

SU Libraries is still operating, albeit at a reduced capacity while we operate under social distancing restrictions. If you need help while working online, feel free to reach out! The Research & Writing Help tab can tell you how.

Also, feel free to check out the Campus Guide for the Libraries for specifics on our services right now.

Information Literacy Instruction Goals

  • Search WorldCat Discovery to identify books and other materials owned by the library; find a book on the shelf using its LC call number.
     
  • Search multidisciplinary databases to find full text articles on a topic; use "Find It" links to find full text of articles.
     
  • Cite sources using a citation style.

Assignment and research approach

Here's a basic research approach and sources to consider along the way. Think of these sources as pieces of evidence that support your argument. 

1. Early topic exploration (ex. Google; usually non-library sources)
2. Learn the background (WorldCat Discovery: books)
3. Discover scholarly conversations (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Rinse, repeat; drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center) 
 
Research writing is "recursive," in which drafts can be opportunities to swap weaker sources for stronger ones.

Manage & Organize

‚ÄčProQuest RefWorks - Source citation tool

Please sign into your RefWorks account. Keep RefWorks open in a tab at the top of your web browser.