Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Maltman)

Choose Your Topic

There are many ways to select a paper topic. The databases below all offer sources on topics from current issues, trends, and hot topics. You can see a list of all the topics they cover in their "Browse" sections. Look through their list of topics to help get ideas for topics you may be interested in.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOpposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.

CQ Researcher (Topic List)
CQ Researcher reports are in-depth summaries of current political and social issues that include background information, pro/con statements, and a bibliography of key sources.  

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains issue overviews and controversial essays on multiple sides of current issues.

Once you select a topic, you will probably need to narrow your focus.  A specific topic is easier to research because you won't have to plow through huge piles of general information.  After you narrow your topic, you will need to generate keywords, which are the words and phrases you will use to search for information on your topic.  The video below offers guidance on how to narrow your topic and select keywords.



Find Books

Find Articles

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile (Gale)Academic OneFile offers sources on a wide range of topics from scholarly journals and magazines and newspapers.

JSTOR contains hundreds of scholarly journals from all disciplines. Full text coverage varies by journal.

Combined Search & Databases List

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Evaluate Source Credibility

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

Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th 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.

Access Databases from Off Campus

Access Databases from Off Campus
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.