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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Composition I course guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for this course, including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Evaluating information

Citing sources (MLA style)

Avoiding plagiarism

Writing help

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Course resources

Online Resources

Online reference

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Opposing Viewpoints


Points of View Reference Center

Selected ebooks

Margraten Assignment

Starting out

Using the Faces to Find - Margraten Google Map, select a service member in need of a photo. Information about the service member will include his or her A.S.N., enlistment location, and date of death.

Using the A.S.N., you may be able to find more information through the National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD).

There may be other helpful resources on the National Archives' World War II Records page.

High schools and historical societies

Starting with the service member's hometown, look for the high school he or she may have attended. Based on the service member's birth date, figure out what years they may have been there, then call the school to ask if they have yearbooks from those years.

Look for the nearest historical society to the service member's hometown and call to find out what kinds of information they may have.


You can find a lot of information - but not everything - just by searching the web for the service member's name, hometown, and year of death. If you can't find an obituary this way, consider tracking down the newspaper from the service member's hometown. Then find their contact info and call them for help finding an obituary. The Library of Congress' Chronicling America project may also be helpful here.

Genealogical databases

Your public library probably has genealogical resources that can help you find information that isn't freely available online. For example, the Dakota County Library system provides subscription databases like Ancestry and Fold3, which specializes in historical military records. Visit your local library and ask a librarian for research help. They'll be glad to assist you!