English 110 – Martin
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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.
Research paper on a national social issue of your choice.
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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 Contemporary American Social Issues — R306.0973 S528e
- 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
- Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System — R 364.973 F513c 2017
- Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment — R 364.03 L665e
- 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.
- Credo Reference: Contains the full text of nearly 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books.
- The Official Guide to American Attitudes: Who Thinks What About the Issues That Shape Our Lives: Ebook
- Social History of the United States: Ebook
- Encyclopedia of Gangs: Ebook
Search the library catalog (books+) 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.
These resources are available online and will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus:
- Academic Search Premier: Provides full text for more than 4,600 periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) in a wide range of disciplines.
- 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.
- Opposing Viewpoints: Provides opinions and other information on hundreds of social issues.
- 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 a full list of library databases click here.
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
For help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.