English 110 — Boggs

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About this Guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on cultural and environmental awareness. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Sometimes the words you use to describe a topic are 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.

  • population – environmental aspects
  • overpopulation
  • biodiversity
  • cross-cultural studies
  • cultural awareness
  • discrimination – United States
  • ethnic groups
  • ethnicity
  • ethnology
  • gender identity
  • group identity
  • minorities – United States
  • race
  • race discrimination – United States
  • sex discrimination

Reference Sources

Reference sources are a good place to begin your research. You will find objective background information, definitions, facts, statistics, etc.

Print Reference Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society — R 305.8 S294e
  • Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States — R 305.800973 M663e
  • Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia — R 304.873 L886i
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues — R 306.0973 S528e 2011 V. 3

Online Reference Sources

These resources are available online and will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.


Search for books in the library catalog (books+) using keywords related to your topic.


Search for articles in the following databases. These resources will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.

  • Academic Search Premier: Provides full text and peer-reviewed articles for over 7,550 journals, magazines and newspapers in all subject areas.
  • National Newspapers Expanded: Provides the full text of five of the most read and widely-respected newspapers in the U.S: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Post.

For pro/con information on current or controversial issues, try searching one of these databases:

  • CQ Researcher: An excellent source of pro/con information, containing single-themed reports on issues in the news.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Another excellent source of pro/con information, providing opinions and other information on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.

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
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information
  • Expertise: The source of the information
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information

Recommended Websites

Consider using some of the reliable websites below for background, research, and statistics:

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.