English 103 – Spaventa

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About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research for the three paper assignments in English 103 with Professor Spaventa. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Your Assignment

Describe a single plant or animal species native to Africa.

Keywords

Remember that the words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. Consider searching by the scientific name of the species you are describing. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Or, try some of the search words listed below.

    Biodiversity conservation Africa
    Mammals Africa
    Natural history Africa
    Plants Africa
    Primates
    Wildlife conservation Africa
    Zoology Africa

Reference Sources

Reference books and reference databases are a good place to begin your research, and find background information on your topic, including the scientific name of the species you are researching.

Reference Books

  • The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide — R 590.3 C772e
  • Encyclopedia of Insects — R 595.7 R433e
  • The Encyclopedia of Snakes — R 597.96 M444e
  • Grzimek’s Encyclopedia of Mammals — R 599 G895g

Reference Databases

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

  • Credo Reference contains the full text of nearly 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books covering all major subject areas. Thousands of Topics Pages provide articles from different reference sources, arranged by subject. Includes “gadgets” for finding images, definitions, people, pronunciations, quotations, and measurement conversations, as well as a concept map feature for help identifying keywords and broadening or narrowing a topic. Additional features include videos, maps, and animations.

Books

Search the library catalog for print books and ebooks on your topic. See the Keywords above for some words to try in your search.

Articles

Use one of the following databases to find articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals) about your topic. To access databases from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline username and password.

Websites

Remember to evaluate any websites you find on your own, using the C.A.R.S. system.

Your Assignment

Make a group presentation on an Italian province, based on your research of an Italian region or province’s history, art, music, culture in general, food, language.

Keywords

Remember that the words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Or, try some of the search words listed below.

    Food habits – Italy
    Italy
    Italy – Civilization

Reference Sources

Reference books and reference databases are a good place to begin your research, and find background information on your topic, including the scientific name of the species you are researching.

Reference Books

  • CultureGrams — R 909 C968w, vol. 2

Reference Databases

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

  • County Watchcontains information about countries, including news on the latest political, economic, corporate, and environmental events, and detailed geographical, political, economic, corporate, and environmental briefings.
  • Credo Reference contains the full text of nearly 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books covering all major subject areas.

Books

Search the library catalog for print books and ebooks on your topic. See the Keywords above for some words to try in your search.

Articles

Use one of the following databases to find articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals) about your topic. To access databases from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline username and password.

Websites

Remember to evaluate any websites you find on your own, using the C.A.R.S. system.

Consider starting with the recommended websites below:

Evaluating Sources

It is important to evaluate the sources you use for college research. Use the C.A.R.S. system to evaluate the sources you find:

  • Credibility: Is an author listed? What are the author’s credentials? Is there evidence of positive peer evaluation?
  • Accuracy: Is the date of the site current? Is the information complete and not too vague? Does the author acknowledge all views?
  • Reasonableness: Is the author fair and objective? Is the author concerned with the truth?
  • Support: Does the author provide support for the information? Are the sources listed?

Citing Your Sources

This Citation Worksheet is a helpful way to keep track of your sources and all the elements you will need for citing them in your paper.

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