This research guide is intended for students taking ENGL 101. It will help you learn how to use the library's resources for essays, research proposals, or research papers. Use the tabs for general research help, search strategies, and to learn about different kinds of sources and how to find them.
During the Summer 2020 class sessions, librarians are available for online reference and research help:
Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hours may differ from those listed above on holidays.
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When picking a topic, consider:
Need some inspiration? Here are suggestions from library databases (you may need to log in with your MyNCC credentials):
Remember, you may need to revise and make adjustments to your topic as you start to find information about it.
If you have absolutely no knowledge about a topic when you are starting your search, it may be helpful to become more familiar with it by searching for it on Wikipedia or doing a Google search. Be careful:
What you can do instead: