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Composition II

Finding background information on your subject is helpful before you dive into subject specific databases. Credo Reference (link below) is a great place to start to gather ideas for keywords.

A few keywords to try: composition, writing, writing studies, professional writing.

Visit the Articles tab to get more tips on using keywords in databases.

​Credo Reference

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Narrowing a Topic

Narrowing a Topic (Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, Pressbooks)
Narrowing a Topic (KU)
Research Process: An Overview: Refining Your Topic (Golden Gate U)

Creating a Research Question

Develop a Research Question (U of Waterloo)
Developing Your Research Question (Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, Pressbooks)

Writing a Research Proposal

Writing a Good Thesis

Writing Process

Paraphrasing & Quoting

Quoting and Paraphrasing (UW Madison)
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (Purdue Owl)
Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (U of AZ)

Summary: Using It Wisely (UNC)
Writing Summaries (LibreTexts)
Writing Summaries (The Word on College Reading and Writing, Pressbooks)

Synthesizing (Introduction to Writing in College, Pressbooks)
Synthesizing Sources (Purdue Owl)

Writing an Argument

Ethos, Pathos, & Logos (English 087: Academic Advanced Writing, Pressbooks)
Rhetorical Appeals: Logos, Pathos, and Ethos Defined (A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre, and Success in First-Year Writing)


Logical Fallacies

Fallacies (UNC)
Logical Fallacies (Excelsior Online Writing Lab)
Logical Fallacies (Purdue Owl)

Evaluating Sources

Website Research: CRAAP Test (also applies for print sources; CMU)



Plagiarism (NIU)
What is Plagiarism (GCF Global)


LSC Library Tutorial (sign in to D2L and find L.I.L.T.)

MLA Examples
Purdue Owl

Citation Generators
Citation Generator
Citation Machine


Books and eBooks

Ebsco eBook Collection

You'll need to log-in with your StarID and password to access the Ebsco eBook Collection.

Cover of The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing Well by Laurie RozakisComplete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well by Laurie Rozakis

Book Jacket graphicWriting for Social Media by Carrie Marshall


Search the Online Catalog

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Keyword Search Tips

1. Useful keywords: communication, communication studies 
2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms.
3. Use and to combine keywords, i.e. "composition and first year writing"
4. Use or to expand your results, i.e. "composition or writing"
5. Use "quotaton marks" to search keywords as a phrase, i.e. "college writing"
6. Use an asterik* to search multiple endings, i.e. comp* will search composition, composing, etc.


Choosing a Research Topic

Narrowing Your Topic

Thesis Statements

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

Ethos, Pathos, & Logos

Evaluating Sources

What is Plagiarism and How to Avoid It

More Videos

Ethos, Pathos & Logos (tamuwritingcenter)
How to Find Relevant Sources (Credo Reference)
How to Select a Topic (Credo Reference)
Paraphrasing (Credo Research)
Synthesizing Research (Credo Reference)
What to Do When Your Topic is Too Broad (Credo Reference)
Writing with Sources: Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing (U of Louisville)