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Use this guide to get started on your Research Paper (Essay 2) for Mr. Bento's English 101


Start Here!

The best place to start reading about your topic is with the source article, Orwell's Politics and the English LanguageBe sure you understand it thoroughly. 

Read the prompt carefully. Mr. Bento has provided several areas to consider as you think about this topic: Language as a Political Manipulation Tool, Redefining Words, Weaponization of Language, Superficial Discourse and Shallow Thinking, Implications for Society. YOU DO NOT NEED TO ADDRESS ALL OF THESE--think about what is most interesting and relevant to you.

Begin with encyclopedias and websites

Read background information online

There are lots of opinions on this topic. Below are some OPINION pieces to get you thinking. NOTE: these are not unbiased, objective pieces. They are meant to sway you! 

Develop search words

image of a checklistWith such a broad topic, you'll be more successful finding sources when you break it down into smaller parts. Try these terms in Gale eBooks:

In the larger databases (Gale Databases and EBSCOhost as well as Google and Google Scholar), you can search by combining relevant terms. Try these below: 

  • politics and doublespeak
  • Orwellian language
  • deceptive language

You can also search by subject rather than keyword. Try this search in EBSCOhost using the Advanced Search feature:

Read background information in encyclopedias from library databases

One of the best places to start a research project is with overview articles from specialized encyclopedias. That's what is in the Gale eBooks database.

Click on the Gale eBooks link below, and try searches using the search words listed in the box above.

Another good source for background information is the database below:

Research questions

Find focused and/or scholarly information in library databases

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

Search using the Search Words listed in this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.

The databases linked to below are good for general articles as well as Scholarly articles--see the videos in the box below!

Video Instructions for Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

Use the videos below to see how easy it is to find academic journal articles in two of our most used databases.

Use EBSCOhost Databases to Find Academic Journal Articles


Searching for Academic Articles in Gale Databases

Using books

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

Search for books in the library catalog using the search words you created, or click on the links provided in the Recommended Books boxes below.

Recommended books @ MJC Library

Recommended articles from the web

Evaluate Your Sources

All of the sources you use need to be evaluated for Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Use this guide to learn how to evaluate your sources:

Evaluate Your Sources

Related research guides

Use these MJC Library Research Guides to learn important research skills:

How to get more help from the library

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Using Library Databases

How to Find eBooks in the Library Catalog

How to Work with a Librarian

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Work with a Librarian

Work with a Librarian

There are two ways librarians can help you personally with your research.

  • Drop-in Research Help: No appointment needed. Just walk into the Library & Learning Center on either East or West campus during our regular hours and a librarian will be at the Research Help desk to work with you.
  • Online Research Appointments: Back by popular demand, we are also offering 30-minute online research appointments. To schedule an appointment, click on the button below. You can also choose to work with a particular librarian or just choose any one of us who is available at the time you need. Once you schedule your appointment, your librarian will contact you with your meeting information.


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