English 110 – Nelson

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About this Guide

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

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Your Assignment

Students will write a research paper with a focus on India.

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Reference Sources

Reference sources are a great place to start, get background information, identify topic ideas, and narrow your research focus.

Print Reference Books

These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section:

  • Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture — R 950 B787c
  • Encyclopedia of Asian History — R 950 A832e
  • Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Hindu Lord of Many Names — R 294.5 V446k 2016

Online Reference Sources

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

Books

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

Articles

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

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

Recommended Websites

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