English 103 – Peterson – Love


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About this Guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources to complete the English 103 Research Project. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

Your Assignment

English 103 Research Project:
Part I: Write an information sheet about your topic, narrowed topic, research question, thesis, purpose, and audience.
Part II: Write citations and notes on at least ten sources that address your research question, including five books (one of which may be a reference book) and five periodical articles.
Part III: Write an outline for your presentation.
Part IV: Write a works cited list in MLA style.
Part V: Present your research findings to the class.

Writing Assistance

The SBCC Writing Center can help with the process of writing your annotated bibliography.

Terminology to Understand

  • Reference Books vs. Reserves vs. References
  • Periodicals: What they are and the difference between scholarly and popular
  • Abstract

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Keywords

“Love” is a big topic, so you will need to include other words in your search to describe your specific topic. Sometimes the words you use will be different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. Try experimenting with different ways of describing the same thing. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Some of these keywords might help you get started:

  • Family and love
  • Love neuroscience
  • Love philosophy
  • Love psychology
  • Love religion
  • Romantic love

Print Reference Sources

Reference books are a good place to begin your research. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section, near the Reference and Information Desk:

  • Magill’s Encyclopedia of Social Science: Psychology — R 150.3 P622m
  • The Oxford Companion to the Mind — R 128.2 G823o 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Religion — R 291.03 E42e 2005

Online Reference Sources

To access these resources from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline account information:

Books

Search the library catalog (books+) for print books and ebooks on your topic.

Articles

Search for articles in library databases. These resources will require you to log in with your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.

For a variety of articles on a broach range of topics:

For articles with a more specific focus:

Evaluating Websites

Finding good websites for college research can be challenging and time-consuming. Be sure to evaluate any websites you find on your own, using the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is the purpose to sell, to entertain, to inform, to teach, or to persuade? Do the authors and publishers/sponsors make their purposes clear? Is this source designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does it relate to your topic? Does it meet the requirements of your assignment? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information. Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong or emotional language, or leave out important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information. Where does the information come from? Can you verify it in other sources? Are there citations or links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic?
  • Expertise: The source of the information. Who are the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the information? Are they experts, or has the information been reviewed by experts? Is it posted on a personal website or blog?
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Is it up to date? Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as technology or current events), or will older sources work as well?

See the MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing for tips on evaluating health information you find online.