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College Composition (ENG 110)

This guide provides resources to support the College Composition course and assignments.

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Course guide for eng 110


This guide provides resources to support the ENG 110 class and assignments. Navigate through the pages in the left menu to learn more about how to get started with a topic and a research question, how to choose the best databases, and what terms to search. Understand the most popular tools and databases for research in ENG 110 under the Databases and Web Resources page. Use the various pages of this guide to search more effectively and efficiently, learn how to get articles from other libraries, and critically evaluate sources.

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Best Resources
Best Databases
Books on Literature

What do Librarians have to do with it? 

Librarians are available for assistance:      

  • one on one research consultation
  • formulation of research question              
  • search strategy
  • identifying appropriate databases
  • advanced information seeking (beyond Zondervan)
  • help with citations (Zotero)
  • interlibrary loan (ILLIAD)
  • other ideas regarding the literature review/research
General Research Tools
Google Scholar 

Google ScholarIncludes journal articles, book chapters, essays, and entire books. Text is frequently not available for free, but can be accessed using WorldCat or Interlibrary Loan.

WorldCat Research Station 

WorldCat Research StationExplore the holdings of the Zondervan Library as well as libraries worldwide using WorldCat. 

Google Scholar Advantages & Disadvantages

Google Scholar
Advantages Disadvantages
It is familiar and relatively simple to use, much like Google. Its coverage is wide-ranging but not comprehensive. It can be a research source but should not be the only source you use.
It allows users to find a wide variety of materials including articles, books, "grey literature" like conference proceedings on a vast number of topics. It does not provide the criteria for what makes its results "scholarly". Results often vary in quality, and it is up to the researcher to determine which of the results are suitable for their purposes.
It allows you to see articles related to the one that interests you, how many times an article has been cited and by whom, and provides citations for articles in several styles. It does not allow users to limit results to either peer reviewed or full text materials or by discipline.
It can display links to articles and books held through Zondervan. Google Scholar allows you to save both citations and articles to read later. It does not provide notice of when its materials are updated.
  Its citation tracker can be difficult to use and inaccurate.

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