ESL 124 – Reading Level 4 – Wood

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This guide provides students with recommended print and online research resources for ESL 124 with Professor Wood. Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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  • Academic journal: A periodical written for students, teachers, researchers, or other professionals in a particular field. (See “Periodicals” and “Scholarly journal.”)
  • Article: A piece of writing published, with other articles, in a larger source, such as a periodical. (See “Source” and “Periodical.”)
  • Audiobooks: Books you can listen to. (See “Book on CD.”)
  • Author: The writer of a book or article.
  • Autobiography: The story of the author’s own life. (See “Author.”)
  • Biography: A true story about someone’s life.
  • Books on CD: Books you can listen to. (See “Audiobooks.”)
  • Borrow: To take home library materials for a short time. (See “Check out.”)
  • Browse: To look around the library to find books and other materials.
  • Call number: The number typed on the spine of the book. The call number is like the address for where the book belongs on the shelf, so it helps you find the book in the library.
  • Catalog: An online, searchable list of the books, periodicals, and other materials the library has.
  • Check out: To take home library materials for a short time. (See “Borrow.”)
  • Circulating book: A book you can check out of the library and take home. (See “Check out.”)
  • Circulation desk / checkout desk: The place in the library where you can borrow (or check out) library materials.
  • Database: An online collection of articles or other materials.
  • Due date: The date by which you must return the library materials you borrowed (or checked out).
  • Encyclopedia: A book or set of books with a summary of events and facts.
  • ESL materials: Books to help you learn to read in English.
  • Fiction: Stories and novels.
  • Fine: Money you might owe if you do not return library materials on time. (See “Late fees.”)
  • Keyword: A word describing your topic, which you use to search for library materials in the catalog or databases. (See “Catalog” and “Database.”)
  • Late fees: Money you might owe if you do not return library materials on time. (See “Fine.”)
  • Librarian: The professional who answers your questions in the library.
  • Magazine: A kind of periodical, usually written for a general audience. (See “Periodical.”)
  • Newspaper: A kind of periodical, usually written for a general audience and including information on current events. (See “Periodical.”)
  • Non-fiction: True stories or facts.
  • Periodicals: Materials that are published on a regular schedule, like newspapers, magazines, and academic/scholarly journals. Examples include: The Los Angeles Times (a newspaper); Consumer Reports (a magazine); and Journal of Applied Psychology (academic/scholarly journal).
  • Reference & Information desk: The place in the library where you can ask a librarian for help. (See “Librarian.”)
  • Reference materials: Dictionaries, encyclopedias and other resources that include definitions, summaries of events, and other factual information. You must must use reference materials in the library. (See “Encyclopedia.”)
  • Research guide: An online or paper list of resources or instructions that will help you complete your research for a particular class, assignment, or topic.
  • Research topic: What your research is about.
  • Reserve items: Materials your teacher selects for you to read in the library. Reserve items are available at the Checkout desk, or online. (See “Checkout desk / circulation desk.”)
  • Resources: Materials and tools that lead you to information sources. (See “Source.”)
  • Scholarly journal: A periodical written for students, teachers, researchers, or other professionals in a particular field. (See “Periodicals” and “Academic journal.”)
  • Scholarly journal: A periodical written for students, teachers, researchers, or other professionals in a particular field. (See “Periodicals” and “Academic journal.”)
  • Source: A book, article, person, website, or other place from which you get information.
  • Spine: The side of a book. Most library books have a label with the call number on the spine. (See “Spine.”)
  • Subject: What a book or other source is about.
  • Title: The name of a book or article.

Print Reference Sources

Reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries provide background information on a topic. Good resources on a variety of topics are available in the Luria Library Reference section. Ask a librarian for help finding the best reference source for your research.

Online Reference Sources

To access this source from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline account information:

  • Credo Reference Contains the full text of nearly 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books.
  • Country Watch Contains background information on many countries.


The library’s collection includes both print books as well as online ebooks.

Search the library catalog, or ask a librarian for help finding books on your topic.


The Luria Library’s databases provide online access to articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals). From off campus, you will need to log in using your Pipeline account information.

For articles from periodicals on any topic, try these databases:

  • Academic Search Premier Provides abstracts for articles from nearly 13,200 periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) in all subject areas, and full text articles from nearly 8,750 periodicals, including more than 7,550 peer-reviewed journals. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals. Full text PDF content dates back as far as 1887.
  • Primary Search A good source for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research, as well as a collection of photos, maps, and flags. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text information dates as far back as 1990. Note: Primary Search is also available through the Searchasaurus interface, which is designed for elementary school students.
  • Newspaper Databases

If your topic has to do with a current or controversial issue, try searching for information in one of these databases:

  • CQ Researcher Online 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. Each 12,000-word report includes: an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. Offers access to CQ Researcher reports dating back to 1991.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center An excellent source of pro/con information, providing opinions and other information on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Includes continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


Finding good websites for college research can be difficult and time-consuming. Use the C.A.R.S. system to evaluate any websites you find:

  • Credibility: Is an author listed? What are the author’s credentials? Is there evidence of positive peer evaluation?
  • Accuracy: Is the date of the site current? Is the information complete and not too vague? Does the author acknowledge all views?
  • Reasonableness: Is the author fair and objective? Is the author concerned with the truth?
  • Support: Does the author provide support for the information? Are the sources listed?

Use this site to find lists of good websites on a variety of topics:

Additional Resources

For improving your writing and reading skills, use this link to English as Second Language Learning Resources available to you online for free.