Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Guidry)


Find Sources

General Databases (All Topics)

Academic Search Premier + MegaFILE
Search these two multi-disciplinary databases at once to find even more articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile (Gale)Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database.

Scholarly articles, ebooks, and primary sources in the social sciences, humanities, earth and biological sciences, and more. Includes image results from Artstor.


Literature Databases

Gale Literature
Searches all Gale literature databases at once: Gale Literature Criticism, Gale Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Scribner Writers Series, Twayne's Author Series, Something About the Author, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Salem Literature
Literary analysis of authors, their novels and poetry, and literary themes.


Combined Search & List of All Databases

If you can't find what you are looking for, perhaps try a different database or try our Combined Search, which searches many of our databases at once.

Book Search

Book Search
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library. These books also appear in Combined Search.

Documentary & Educational Films

Films On Demand
A streaming video service with documentaries, newsreels, and other educational films on many topics.


Evaluate Your Sources

Is This Source Credible?

Evaluate each source you use with CAPPS!
Consider the source's –
C = Currency
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources

More info about CAPPS pdf

Is This Source Scholarly?

Ask yourself these questions to determine if the source you are considering is scholarly. For your annotated bibliography assignment, at least one of your sources should be from a scholarly journal.

Identifying Scholarly vs. Popular Sources pdf

Ask a Librarian

Call, e-mail, or chat with a librarian for more research assistance. We're happy to help!

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Reference and Instruction Librarian

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Access Databases from Off Campus

Off-Campus Access Info
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted.  Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.


Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide (PDF)
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (9th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.

Research Videos

Choosing & Using Keywords

Video courtesy of Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino.

Phrase Searching

Video courtesy of North Carolina State University Libraries.