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ENG 111: Composition I

Research exploration activity & research tips and tricks for ENG 111 students.

English 111 Student Research Activities

Choosing a Topic

Research Databases

The Bailey Library provides online access to credible articles and books through library databases. Using databases saves time and provides access to content that is not available freely on the web.

Choosing Keywords

Finding Credible Websites - Google Search Tricks

Domain-Specific Search

When using Google, you can increase your odds of finding credible resources by using a domain-specific search to pull information from specific domains such as .gov, .org, and .edu (but you'll still have to evaluate all information you find!).

  • .govgovernment (Federal and state government agencies use the Web to publish legislation, census information, weather data, tax forms, and many other documents)
  • .org - sometimes a non-profit organization (Nonprofit organizations use the Web to promote their causes. These pages are good sources to use when comparing different sides of an issue)
  • .edueducational institution (Even though a page comes from an educational institution, it does not mean the institution endorses the views published by students or faculty members)


How to Do a Domain-Specific Search

Source Evaluation Wheel

Recommended Websites

Finding Books & Articles - Tutorials and Additional Tips

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