Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Shakow)


Find Sources

Selected Databases

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.  

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.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextTopic overviews, opinion articles, and additional sources on social, economic, and political issues.


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.


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
Important: Also review the content about source evaluation posted in D2L for Week 12.


Is This Source Scholarly?

Ask yourself these questions to determine if the source you are considering is scholarly.

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!

  (952) 358-8290


Lacey Mamak
Reference and Instruction Librarian

Note: Your chat question may be directed to a librarian from another college when Normandale librarians are unavailable.

Off-Campus Access Info

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 Style

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.

APA Style

APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
A comprehensive guide to APA formatting and style (7th edition). See examples of APA formats for papers, References lists, in-text citations, footnotes, and more.

How to Link to Library Sources

Linking to Library Resources
Directions for creating stable links to articles and videos found in Normandale Library databases that will work later and from off campus.

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.