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ENG 102: College Writing II

Tools and resources to help you conquer the research for your informative synthesis and/or argumentative papers.

Get to Know Your Topic

Students often research and write about topics that are unfamiliar to them.  Gathering background information on your topic from reference sources will help you understand and focus your topic.  Background information will help you identify key concepts and search terms.

General and specialized encyclopedias are a great place to start. 

The following research database provide excellent overviews of various social issues and topics.

You will need a Libray PIN to access these databases from off-campus.

    Ask Questions, Find Answers!

    Once you have a topic , start asking questions.

    What do you know about your topic? What do you need to find out about your topic?

    Generate a list of questions then conduct research to find the answers.

    •     WHO?
    •     WHAT?
    •     WHERE?
    •     WHEN?
    •     WHY?
    •     HOW?

    Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface

    What about Wikipedia? Wikipedia is best used as a starting point.  It can help you better understand your topic and prepare you for locating books, articles, and other sources to use in your paper. Wikipedia should never be the only source you consult.