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ENGL 103 (B. 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.

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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.

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.


Annotated Bibliography
Due: March 23

This assignment is comprised of two parts:
1. Critical introduction: This introduction works to show how you plan to use your sources to write your argumentative paper. This section of your paper should be at least one full page in length.
2. Annotations: For each of the five sources that you collect on your topic, you will write an annotation. This will consist of a citation, a summary of the source, and an analysis of how that source will fit into your research. Each annotation should be at least half a page in length.

Argumentative Research Essay
Due: April
After you have completed your research (both primary and secondary), you will use it to craft an 6-10 page argumentative paper. Please keep all of your drafting materials for this project (outlines, drafts, peer review feedback, revision plans, etc.) in a folder for your final portfolio.

Manage & Organize

‚ÄčProQuest RefWorks - Source citation tool

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