Welcome to the
ENGL103 Research Guide!
The librarians at Blackwell Library have partnered with
ENGL103 instructors to introduce students to the resources and services
available both in the library and electronically.
Our program works like this:
- Students complete the
ENGL103 Library Tutorial in the same week they are scheduled to come to
Blackwell Library for an instruction session.
- Students come to the
library session ready to learn,
participate, and ask questions.
At the end of the session, they take a short
- Students seek follow-up help by using this guide and/or
visiting us at the
library catalog for books about your topic.
The books you can check out are on the second floor of the
library and are arranged by
Library of Congress call numbers. If you have any trouble finding a
book, please check with the librarian at the research services desk!
You're not limited to the books at SU! This
short tutorial shows you how to borrow books from other University of
There are several useful databases for your ENGL103
Here's the nitty gritty:
- The links below work from both on and off campus.
- From OFF CAMPUS, you will be prompted to log in with
the 14-digit barcode on the back of your Gull Card and your last name.
- The EBSCO databases (designated with a *) can be
here to find out how.
- Click here to find out how to
access articles that aren't full-text.
database containing both scholarly and popular sources, many of
which have full-text available.
Communication & Mass Media Complete*
Scholarly, popular and trade sources as well as full text and
citations about topics in communication and media studies.
A great source for full-text world news and legal information.
Business Source Premier*
An EBSCO business database.
A multidisciplinary database. Use the Find It Button to
determine how to access the articles you want.
Arts & Sciences
|| A huge, wonderful
database of scholarly communication from a wide variety of
disciplines. All of these sources are full-text, but the
newest documents are 3-5 years old.
WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
It's a bit like magic, really. The Find
It button does three things:
Looks in all of our databases to see if
the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.
If so, it links you to it!
Links you to the library catalog when we
have the item you want in print or microform.
Links you to
ILLiad (interlibrary loan)
so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access
electronically or in print.
The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!
tutorial lets you see the FIND IT
BUTTON in action!
gives you a little insight about Interlibrary Loan!
Scholarly V. Popular
A Sources Showdown!
are the basics: (Check out this
handy dandy chart for
glossy, pretty pages with lots of
advertisements and pictures
written by hired reporters for a
short, easily read articles
somewhat dull looking - very few
pictures or advertisements
written by experts in the field and
reviewed by other scholars before publication
long articles with citations and
bibliographies at the end
Why should you use the library
and not Google?
Most of the time,
scholarly publications are not available to the
general public, nor are they available for free on the
internet. Individuals or organizations (such as a library) subscribe to these
publications. Because subscriptions are expensive, many choose to access
this content through libraries.
Often, content from scholarly journals
is indexed in databases that the library
subscribes to. The content is on the web, but it is
not accessible unless you are affiliated with the institution
that is subscribing. It isn’t the same thing as just finding a website
through a regular Google search. Sometimes the full
text of the article is available through the database; other times it is only a
citation to the article and you will need to find the print version of the
article in the library or order the article through interlibrary loan if we
don’t subscribe to it.
So, basically, the best way to access this scholarly information for free is by using the
MLA Citation is the Citation Style used in ENGL103.
Check out SU's citation guide.
Also highly recommended:
OWL at Purdue
Two Major Citation Styles - choose MLA Flash Tutorial
Tutorial from the SU Writing Center
- When in doubt, look it up in the MLA Handbook:
Ready Reference LB
2369 .G53 1999
Librarians are available for help with research for this
class or any of your other classes at the Research Services Desk, and also individually
The Research Services Desk is staffed from 10am-10pm during the
week, a little less on the weekends. For specific hours, see
You can ask us questions through any of the major IM
providers: AIM, MSN, Googletalk, or Yahoo during regular Research
Services Desk hours. Just send an IM to blackwellref.
These are the Librarians who teach ENGL103 sessions.
Feel free to contact the librarian who taught your session with follow-up
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You can also
get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow
Service. You click here to log in, and
then you chat with a librarian who can help you with your research.