English 110 – Martin

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About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for the research assignment in English 110 with Professor Martin. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

Your Assignment

Research paper on a national social issue of your choice.

Paper Writing Assistance

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Choosing a Topic

The following reference sources provide you with background information on your topic, and can help in the process of picking a topic, narrowing a topic, and finding keywords and subject headings. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

Print Reference Sources

  • Violence in America: An Encyclopedia — R 303.6 G685v
  • Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States — R 305.800973 M663e
  • Encyclopedia of Social Issues R 306.0973 — R 845e
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues — R306.0973 S528e
  • Social History of the United States — 306.0973 W186e
  • American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History — R 306.1 M678a
  • Encyclopedia of Politics — R 320.03 C283e
  • Encyclopedia of Social Problems — R 361.1 P261e
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment — R 364.03 L665e
  • Encyclopedia of Gangs — R 364.1066 K82e
  • Dictionary of American History — R 973.03 A194d 2003

Online Reference Sources

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


Finding books on your subject

Search the library catalog for books you can check out on your topic.


If you add the phrase “Social Conditions” to your searches, you will have more successful results.

Use the “Advanced Search” feature to search by SUBJECT. Choose “subject” from the drop-down menu, then enter your terms in the search box.


Find current articles on your topic in our online periodical databases:

Search for articles in this broad coverage database:

  • Academic Search Premier Contains articles from nearly 13,200 periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) in all subject areas

Search for focused, single-themed articles on current social issues in this database:

  • CQ Researcher An excellent source of pro/con information, containing single-themed reports on issues in the news. Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of both sides of controversial issues related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.

Search for newspaper articles in these news databases:

Other databases:

For a full list of library databases click here.

Also recommended:

  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Search this database for more resources, including articles, broadcast, reference books.

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

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


Explore a podcast:


Explore your topic in a TEDTalk:

How to Cite

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

Links to MLA citation formatting and style guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab: