The following videos explain some of the skills you will use in your research paper. They cover choosing a topic and developing a research question, choosing keywords, finding relevant sources, and evaluating sources for credibility.
⇒ Watch this video from North Carolina State University Libraries to learn about picking topics and conducting background research.
⇒ Watch this video from McMaster University Library to learn about choosing keywords.
⇒ Watch this video from North Carolina State University Libraries to learn about finding sources.
⇒ Watch this video from North Carolina State University Libraries to learn about evaluating sources.
Below are some recommended databases and other resources that tend to be helpful for English Composition assignments. Every assignment is different, so if you're not finding what you need, ask a librarian for recommendations.
Multidisciplinary databases usually have good coverage for a lot of topics, making them smart places to search. If you need to use peer reviewed sources, look for the "peer reviewed" or "scholarly" limiters that most of these databases include.
Newspapers, magazines, and similar sources are not considered scholarly, but can provide context and timely examples for your arguments.
Primary sources are original records created during a time under study. They offer a first-hand view of a particular event.
Examples include letters, newspapers, interviews, photographs, manuscripts, memoirs, speeches, diaries, news film footage, autobiographies, official records, personal narratives, creative works (poetry, drama, novels, music, art), anecdotes, correspondence, pamphlets, and case studies.