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ELIC 100- Intensive Reading, Writing, and Reasoning for English Language Learners--Olick: Home

Use this guide to get started finding sources for your argumentative research paper.

Overview of the Research Process

Click on the image below to find a comprehensive guide on the research process, from developing your topic, creating research questions, finding sources, and citing sources.

Background Reading

Do background reading to learn about the history of your topic as well as the arguments on both sides of the issue.

Good database for finding an unbiased overview of your topic:

Good databases for discovering opposing viewpoints on your topic, as well as history and statistics:

How to Use Library Databases

Watch this short film to learn how to find and use Gale eBooks and EBSCOhost databases:

Find Newspaper Articles

Use newspaper articles for very current information on your topic as well as opinion pieces (editorials). Good databases for finding newspaper articles:

Find Statistics

Click on the image below for a guide on finding local, state, and national statistics:

Find Scholarly Sources

These databases let you filter your results by type of source; look for peer reviewed or academic sources.

Find Books

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.

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 library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

Find articles on the Web

The video below shows how to narrow your Google searches to get better results for academic research.

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