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Satire (Engl 101--Eckrich): Home

Use this guide to get started on your research paper on political satire.

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Define Your Terms

For overview/background information, try terms like these in Gale eBooks:

  • Satire
  • Political satire
  • Juvenal
  • Humor

Books and eBooks

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:

Choosing a Current Issue

For help in selecting a current issue in American culture, try the following:

Get an Overview of the Conversation

Google Web Search

Evaluating Fake News

Click on the image below for information on identifying false or misleading news:

chart showing 10 types of misleading news

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. 

Finding Targeted Information on the Web

For guidance on searching the Web, see Google for Researchers.

  • Use the advanced search option to limit your results to the .gov domain for statistics or government documents
  • Use the CRAAP test (see sidebar to the right) to evaluate all Web sources.

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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.