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Composition II Research Guide for ENGL 102: Home

Summer 2018


Welcome to ENGL 102, aka Composition II! In this course you will continue to develop your information literacy and research skills. In some cases, you will learn new skills, in others you will perfect skills introduced previously. Because skills and concepts tend to build on each other, this guide contains some review material as well as material new to you. As always, when you have questions about library research, Ask a Librarian!

Information Literacy: A Model for Research

Information Literacy is a PROCESS!

The Information Literacy Standards Give One Model of the Research Process:


Topic = Know Your Information Need

Search = Access the Needed Information

Evaluate = Evaluate Information Critically

Share = Use Information Effectively for a Purpose

Cite = Use Information Ethically

Important Links and Remote Access

Information Literacy

In Composition I you learned . . .

  • Search strategies: Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT); exact phrase in quotes; truncation and nesting.
  • Differences between the scope and content of the library catalog and an article database.
  • What you search when you put your keywords into the library catalog or an article database (records of items) as opposed to the Web (full-text and metadata of web pages).
  • Where to look for certain types of information (books, videos, articles, etc.).
  • When the Internet might or might not be an effective search tool.
  • Content notes and subject heading links in the full record of a book in the library catalog that can aid in determining the usefulness of the book and in finding similar items.
  • Searching for full-text articles in an article database.
  • Gained familiarity with the library catalog and at least one of the following databases: Academic OneFile, Academic Search Premier, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, CQ Researcher.

In Composition II you will refine and build on these skills, especially:

  • Finding perspectives from a particular discipline.
  • Better distinguishing scholarly vs. popular sources and understanding how to find scholarly articles.
  • Essential elements of citations and finding articles by citation.
  • Using Full Text Finder to find the full-text of articles.
  • How to borrow books and articles from other libraries through PASCAL Delivers and Interlibrary Loan.

You may be asked to complete the Library Virtual Tour by your Composition instructor. If you have already completed the assignment for University 101, print and present the confirmation you receive by email to prove that you have done the tour.

The Library Virtual Tour is a required activity in University 101, but serves as a good introduction to the library and its services. It consists of text, video, quiz questions about each segment, and an interactive activity.

  • You can expand to full screen to better view the tour. An Accessibility View is available and can be selected at the top of the tour screen, from the menu under the three dots.
  • Near the end of the tour is a link to a quiz. Make sure you provide your e-mail address so that your quiz score will be sent to you.
  • Return to the tour after the quiz to get instructions for the "Imagine the Future Library" activity.
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