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Political Parties (Engl 101--Jensen): Home

Use this guide to find resources to support your essays in Barbara Jensen's English 101


Search Terms

In the Gale Virtual Reference Library, use broad terms:  

  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party
  • American Independent Party
  • Green Party

In the larger databases (WorldCat, Gale, EBSCO, Access World News), try more specific terms:

  • Republican Party platform
  • Libertarian Party history‚Äč

Finding information on the Web

The Web is often the best place to find information on political parties outside the United States.

  • Visit the website of the party you are researching.
  • Try the Encyclopedia Britannica Online for overview articles on political parties. 
  • Carefully evaluate sources found on the web for accuracy and bias before using them.
  • Don't use Wikipedia without the approval of your instructor.

Evaluating Your Sources

Finding information today is easy; it's all around you. Making sure the information you find is reliable can be a challenge.

When you use Google or any social media to get your information how do you know it can be trusted? How do you know it's not biased?

You can feel pretty confident that books you get from the library and articles you find in the library's databases are reliable because someone or some group has checked all the facts and arguments the author made before publishing them. You still have to think about whether or not the book or article is current and suitable for your project but you can feel confident that it is a trustworthy source.

Make sure each and every source you plan on using in your paper or research assignment passes the CRAAP test.


Evaluate your sources: The CRAAP Test

Watch the brief video below to see how this works.

Read background information

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great source for background information. Use broad search terms like those listed in the box to the left.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

eBooks and More at the MJC Library

Below is a sampling of some of the eBooks available to MJC students 24/7 from anywhere.

For more titles search the library's catalog, WorldCat.

  • If you find materials in WorldCat that you need, but MJC does not own them, you can simply click the Request Item button in WorldCat to have that item sent to you here at MJC.


Find focused information in library databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

Search using the Search Terms at the top of this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date. 

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Citation Styles

Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.