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Parenting (Engl 101 - Beggs): Home

Use this guide to get started on your research for Prof. Beggs' Spring 2019 research assignment


Search Terms

In Gale Virtual Reference Library, use broad terms such as:

  • Parenting
  • Childhood
  • Teenagers
  • Nutrition
  • Sex education
  • etc.

In the larger databases (WorldCat, Gale, and EBSCO), try more specific terms:

  • Authoritative parenting
  • Permissive parenting
  • Teen curfews
  • Childhood eating disorders
  • etc.

Finding information on the Web

Google Web Search

Credibility is Crucial!

You need to be sure that you are using the best possible sources of information. You will likely find a variety of sources during your research: books, articles, Web documents, interviews, films, and more.  For each and every source you use you want to make sure it passed the CRAAP test

Currency - Is the content presented current enough for your project? For your specific research question?

Relevancy - Does it answer your research question?

Authority - Does the author have relevant expertise on the topic about which she is writing?

Accuracy - Is the information provided correct?

Point of View - Is the information biased? Is the author trying to persuade you to believe a certain way?

Watch the brief video below to learn more about the CRAAP Test:

Brainstorming ideas

  • Think about families you know
  • Talk to people you know about the topic
  • Think about issues that matter to you (education, religion, food, politics, music, sports, etc.)
  • Think about your class readings
    • Which ones made you think or feel?
    • Which ones would you most like to spend more time with?
  • Do some preliminary reading (see Background Reading box below)
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Issues and Controversies
    • Films on Demand
    • Kanopy
    • WorldCat
  • Write down three possible ideas for this paper, and do some focused preliminary reading on the ideas. 

Read background information

The list below includes articles, books, and films you'll find online.

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

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.

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. 

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.


What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the MJC Library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

Find focused information in library databases

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

Search using the Key Search Words 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. 

Research 101: Need More Research Help?

If you'd like much more in-depth instruction about the process of conducting research, please check out our guides:

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