English 110 – Courington

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About this Guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research in English 110 with Professor Courington.

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Your Assignment

Research paper on a topic of your choice. The topic should be one that really interests you, one that allows you to draw upon a range of sources, and one that can be explored in a paper that is 1,800-3,600 words in length. You should consult at least seven outside sources including one book, one magazine, one newspaper, one web source, and conduct one personal interview. The last two sources are your choice.

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Choosing a Topic

Reference sources are a great place to start, to get topic ideas and to get background information on your topic.

Print Reference Books

These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues — R 306.0973 S528e 2011
  • Encyclopedia of Social Problems — R 361.1 P261e

Online Reference Sources

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

  • Credo Reference: Allows you to search for information in over 630 reference books at once. Click on “Find Topic Pages” for topic ideas.


Search the library catalog (books+) for your topic. To limit to books, choose the appropriate box from the menu to the left of your search results.

Tip: If you add the phrase “social conditions” to your searches, you may have more successful results.


Use the following databases to find articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals). These resources will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.

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

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

The following websites have examples of good interviews: