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This guide presents a set of resources for use with freshman writing courses that do not have an instructor-specific guide.


This guide is a hub to help you find resources for your English 1010 research. It links out to other research guides.

Defining Our Terms

Your success as a researcher will involve fluency with the following terms:

Library – A combination of spaces (physical, virtual); collections; and services (carework, maintenance).

Scholarly Article – A text that introduces some kind of new idea or perspective; usually written by a scholar/expert in the discipline.

Academic Journal – A community of experts who publish information (articles) about new discoveries and perspectives within their disciplines. Think of it as a fancy academic magazine.

Peer Review – A quality control process conducted by volunteer academics to verify the accuracy of the information in a new article. Academic journals coordinate the peer review process in order to know if they should publish a given article.

Reference Entry – An article within an encyclopedia or dictionary. Academic libraries have access to many scholarly encyclopedias. In your Library Search results, these are filed under "Reference Entry."

Book Chapter – An excerpt of a larger volume, sometimes with a distinct author, often also more  comprehensible to undergraduates than research articles.

Database – A digital collection of information structured to be searched. Any time you use a search box online, you are querying a database.

Library Guide – A website created by a librarian to help you find resources. Library Guides can also be found in your Canvas course sites in the left-hand menu under "Library Guides."

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